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Working Together to Reduce Reoffending: Reducing Reoffending Project 2012-2015

Barrett, GA, Beckett Wilson, H, Burke, L and Millings, MN (2015) Working Together to Reduce Reoffending: Reducing Reoffending Project 2012-2015. Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

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Abstract

The stated principal aim of the ‘Reducing Reoffending in the EU’ project since its inception has been To prevent crime by reducing reoffending rates through coordinated targeting of resources at those offenders whose criminogenic needs require additional intervention and support. The two objectives partners have been working towards to delivering during the 3-year life cycle of the project are: • To utilise a multi-agency approach to improve offenders self-worth, self-motivation, desire to change and willingness to engage, and increase their opportunities to receive education, training and employment opportunities. • To develop the Life Change programme with the voluntary sector, to assist with mentoring, re-integration through access to the 7 pathways out of reoffending, and improving public confidence that reoffending rates are reducing. The structure of the project was designed to prevent crime and reduce reoffending across Europe by developing a transnational partnership with Knowsley MBC, The Hague and the ERI. At its core has been the development and delivery of the innovative Life Change Programme (LCP), a programme developed by using best practice and drawing on evidence of effectiveness (see accompanying training guide for more detail on course content). The structured programme of work that ran through the project placed the emphasis on Knowsley based partners to design and pilot the LCP in Year 1 and to develop the training guidance (based on the pilot) that would ensure the course had a legacy of intervention work. Finally the Italian partners at the ERI would then deliver a pilot of the LCP in year 2 to test the validity of the programme and to explore the capacity for policy transfer. Throughout the lifecycle of the project the Action Learning Sets provided a forum for the methodology and tools for strategically fighting crime to be shared between partners to evaluate best practice in crime prevention. The role of the Dutch partners from The Hague was to contribute their experiences of operating the Safety House (as a model of good practice) to help share and develop learning throughout the whole of the project. What made the original project ambitions innovative was: • Use of offender rehabilitation as the primary purpose of crime prevention. • An emphasis on offender rehabilitation within the community post-release. • A multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach covering various types of offender and crime. • A structure of pilot, best-practice exchange, peer review, and production of a portable model of working.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Date Deposited: 18 May 2020 08:27
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 08:27
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12931

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