At Thames Valley CRC, we manage and run a number of group based and individual interventions including three Accredited Programmes. These interventions help service users develop the behaviours and skills needed to successfully reintegrate into a crime-free life in the community.
The Community Payback programmes help service users are able to give back positively to their communities and gain new practical skills, while in cognitive-focused group work programmes such as Building Better Relationships, they are encouraged to explore their own motivations and develop constructive methods to use in difficult situations.
We have outlined some of the many interventions we run at Thames Valley below.
Our Accredited Programmes are tested and approved by the Ministry of Justice. We know they work through experienced use. The programmes focus on addressing issues linked to offending, including domestic abuse, anger management and limited problem solving skills.
A structured programme that works with male perpetrators of domestic abuse. 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.
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.
A cognitive skills programme that helps service users address the thoughts and behaviour that led them to offend. The programme helps participants to improve self-control, and identify meaningful life goals for their future.
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 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.
Restorative Justice provides an opportunity for a victim and service user to have meaningful, facilitated contact. . Service users must volunteer to engage in the process and show a degree of remorse. A Restorative Justice conference includes talking about the crime, who was affected, and what will make things better. Service users develop empathy for their victims and begin to understand the effect of their actions.
With a gender-informed approach, this course helps women who have offended look at the reasons why they offended, what they can change in the way they think and act to avoid reoffending. Improving self-confidence, recognising personal emotions and practicing positive communication techniques, they use both group and one to one sessions.
New Leaf provides support to service users settling in particular geographic areas. Managed by Thames Valley, the scheme trains volunteer mentors to help service users plan and work towards goals, overcoming issues and transition into life in the community as smoothly as possible.
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. [link to firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
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.