London CRC Interventions

Everything that London CRC does is centred on our philosophy of improving lives to create a better tomorrow: creating a positive social impact in the community by providing opportunities for service users to change their behaviours and lifestyles, and ultimately break the cycle of reoffending.

Our suite of interventions have been designed to meet the identified areas of risk and need that our services users present.

We have prioritised well-researched and effective interventions that we have a long history of successfully delivering in London, such as:

  • Education, training and employment.
  • Restorative Justice conferences.

These are delivered by a combination of our own staff and our supply chain partners. We also offer Accredited Programmes, which are delivered by our specialist Programmes Team.

For the remaining interventions we deliver under the RAR, we use and develop structured programmes that are evidence-led from a good research base, and delivered within a framework of desistance research. This allows us to work with people to support and enable them to desist from future criminal behaviours and to develop a crime-free identity. We target the interventions to be delivered at a time that is most likely to benefit the individual while having the biggest impact on reducing their likelihood of reoffending. And we hold the individual to account where necessary, enforcing the Order if they fail to attend and engage.

We have outlined some of the many interventions and programmes run across London below.

Accredited Programmes

Our Accredited Programmes are tested and approved by the Ministry of Justice and support rehabilitation by enabling service users to develop the behaviours and skills needed to become crime-free. We know they work through experienced use. They help individuals to address particular factors linked to offending such as domestic abuse, anger, lack of consequential thinking and limited problem solving skills.

Building Better Relationships (BBR)

A structured programme that works with male perpetrators of domestic violence. Using one-to-one sessions and group work, this helps participants understand the root causes of their anger, and accept the consequences of their actions.

RESOLVE

A structured programme working with men to reduce aggression and violent tendencies. Using one-to-one sessions and group work, this helps participants develop skills to manage impulsivity and emotions, and develop awareness of their aggressive behaviour.

Thinking Skills Programme (TSP)

A cognitive skills programme that helps service users address the thoughts and behaviour that led them to offend. The programme helps participants improve self-control, and identify meaningful life goals for their future.

Drink Impaired Drivers Programme (DID)

A structured programme aimed at helping service users who have committed a drink-drive related offence. Promoting knowledge about alcohol, increasing awareness of personal drinking patterns and improving their thinking skills, the programme looks to help service users think about their alcohol use and plan to avoid future offences.

Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR) interventions

Courts can order a combination of rehabilitative measures, including setting a number of hours to be split across RAR Interventions. A number of days are assigned per sentence, with the CRC using them in different ways to tackle different needs. The Rehabilitative Activity Requirement (RAR) is an intervention developed by a CRC or partner organisation, consisting of a combination of interventions to help service users avoid reoffending.

The RAR interventions are developed with strong research foundations and innovate to meet the needs of service users. Below are a few of the RARs we offer.

Stepping Stones to Change

Stepping Stones to Change is a bespoke intervention, offering different modules to help service users address their needs and move away from reoffending. There are multiple modules, some of which are: ‘Friends, Family and People Around Us’, ‘Communication skills and social media’ and ‘Drink and Drugs’. Participants take a series of core modules with further ones tailored to their specific needs.

Education, Training and Employment (ETE)

With a number of discreet services, ETE includes an initial assessment of need and then provides tailored interventions. Aimed at service users looking for employment, it offers an entry level job club with advice on CV writing, positive disclosure, job searches and interview skills.

Restorative Justice: Making Amends

Restorative Justice is a voluntary process, helping service users develop empathy for their victim. Making Amends focuses on the harm caused to everyone when an offence occurs, including the perpetrator. Considering what will promote repair and healing, the group promotes empathy and awareness of any consequences of crime, better equipping service users to deal with remaining shame or guilt.

Thinking Ahead for Women

With a gender-informed approach, this course helps women who have offended to examine their motives and begin making changes in the way they think. Improving self-confidence, recognising personal emotions and practicing positive communication techniques, they use both group and one to one sessions. This can also be delivered as a separate programme.

Further interventions

Community Payback

Unpaid Work, otherwise known as Community Payback (CP), is a sentence used by the courts. Intended as a punishment and reparative measure, service users carry out unpaid work on projects deemed worthwhile, such as landscaping, building, painting, litter-picking and graffiti removal. Projects are community focused and where possible contribute towards community safety. Service users are encouraged to embrace the restorative nature of the tasks, actively giving back to the community and achieving positive, visible results. The projects also give our service users an opportunity to learn new skills such as carpentry, plumbing and horticulture for their future benefit, and they are presented with a certificate outlining their new skills at the end of the project.

To nominate a project that you think could use Community Payback resource, please email us.

Senior Attendance Centres

Senior Attendance Centres (SAC) offer service users between the ages of 18 and 24 years with a structured setting they need to learn new skills and look forwards. Raising awareness of the factors that led them to criminal behaviour, the SAC discusses topics including the links between life choices and offending, and the impact of crime on victims. Group work focuses on four central themes: crime and rehabilitation, employability skills, drugs and alcohol, and life-skills and health. Attendees often move forwards, finding new careers and gaining a focus in life.

Community Sentence Treatment Requirements

Working collaboratively with service providers commissioned separately in each borough, we help deliver treatment requirements as required by Court. These include Mental Health Treatment Requirements, Drug Rehabilitation Requirements and Alcohol Treatment Requirements. Each of these deliver support on service users’ individual issues, including alcohol, drugs and poor mental health. The treatment requirements aim to help service users accept and deal with these issues, moving past them to a better life.