West Yorkshire CRC protects your community by stopping offenders from committing more crime.
We supervise people aged 18 and over in the community who are sentenced by the court to either a Community Order or a Suspended Sentence Order. We also supervise people who are released from prison on licence, and commission a service called Through the Gate which aims to help prisoners preparing to make the transition from custody through to the community.
The best way to prevent people from becoming victims of crime is to stop people from committing crime. This is why rehabilitation is central to our approach. Our skilled probation staff use our innovative Interchange Model in order to affect change. We created the model after analysing what works and further developing it in conjunction with academics from across the criminal justice service.
Our approach to reducing re-offending focuses on not only holding people to account for their actions but on supporting their rehabilitation.
Some of the problems offenders may face include:
- drug or alcohol misuse
- health issues
Ensuring the people we supervise get the right support they need to address these issues is central to helping them stop committing more crime.
We do this via a wide variety of interventions, such as:
- supervision on a one-to-one basis
- programmes and courses that address behaviours linked to crime
- Community Payback
- initiatives aimed at supporting prolific offenders to stop them committing more crime
- working in partnership with a wide range of agencies to support people as they reintegrate into the community
West Yorkshire CRC is one of five CRCs run by Purple Futures, a partnership led by Interserve which also includes charities and social enterprises. Purple Futures provides probation and rehabilitation services on behalf of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in five areas of the UK. To find out more about Interserve click here.
The CRCs were launched following the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms that came into effect in 2015. The reform created 21 CRCs to supervise offenders assessed as posing either a low or medium risk of committing a serious crime. The legislation also established a National Probation Service to supervise high risk offenders.
Purple Futures successfully bid for the contracts to deliver rehabilitation services in five contract areas: Cheshire & Greater Manchester; Merseyside; West Yorkshire; Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight.
To read more about the Government’s objectives click here.