Accredited programmes that help people to change their behaviour and stop their offending have restarted after Covid-19 put them on hold.
Eighteen new groups began in the last month. These include:
- 16 Building Better Relationships groups for domestic abusers
- Two Thinking Skills programmes for offenders who need to address their thinking or behaviour related to their offending
In keeping with the latest government Covid-19 guidance, groups are smaller. We have prioritised places for the highest risk offenders on our waiting list first.
In the last year, over seventy new programme facilitators have joined our programmes team. Some of our most recent recruits are completing their core skills training our Learning and Development Team provide. They will be helping us to increase programme capacity and clear the backlog caused by Covid-19.
Suki Binning, Chief Executive, said: “While we have been running some programmes and interventions one-to-one during the lockdown, we haven’t been able to do this for our accredited programmes. We must run these national programmes as groups to be effective and follow their set national standards.”
“Restarting our accredited programme is important so we can help more individuals to change their behaviour and stop reoffending.”
For anyone who cannot join a group straight away, we are continuing to do preparatory work for the programme and manage their risks.
We are also delivering our other programmes that address issues such as drug, alcohol or decision-making skills one-to-one or over the telephone. Employees have delivered almost 19,000 of these programme sessions since lockdown began in March 2019.
Community Payback teams are continuing to work with organsiations to increase the availability of outdoor projects or individual placements.
For details of programme availability, please contact your local programme’s team.