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DISC: using family therapy to reduce offending

This case study focuses on Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community (DISC), a charity working in the North of England, and the work it carries out with young offenders, those at-risk of offending and other vulnerable groups. Their approach is based on an intervention which involves all family members and has been shown to be very effective at helping families and particularly young people address their underlying problems, improve outcomes and reduce offending.

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Children North East: supporting families in crisis

Children North East is a children’s charity that promotes the rights of children and young people and counters the effects of inequality on them, their families and communities. Their vision is for every child to have a happy and fulfilling childhood and that every young person has the chance to develop their full potential. They deliver a number of important services across the region including: family intervention and support to vulnerable families; emotional and mental health programmes for young people; mentoring projects; and education initiatives.

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Nepacs case study: supporting the children and families of prisoners in the North East of England

Nepacs believe that families hold the key to reducing reoffending and ensuring effective resettlement. They believe that if work is done to support the children and families of prisoners, helping them to maintain and strengthen contact, then it improves outcomes for all involved, including prisons. These beliefs underpin the range of services that they provide in the North East of England, from running prison visitor services to providing play facilities for children and family support. This case study focuses on two projects of Nepacs: Support at Court; and their Integrated Family Support Programme.

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