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Working with Offenders

Here are some links to resources that will support your work with offenders:

Safety is paramount when working with any group of individuals. Here we provide some links to guidance and organisations that will ensure you are working in a safe and productive environment.

Volunteering "can reap multiple dividends, both social and economic. Research has shown that organisations that invest in volunteer management can reap returns up to eight times what they have put in." Baroness Neuberger, 2009

Peer Mentoring can be key to rehabilitation: A Prince’s Trust survey found that 65% of young offenders under the age of 25 said that having the support of a mentor would help them to stop re-offending; 71% said they would like a mentor who is a former offender and 85% said that starting mentoring whilst in custody would be welcome.

Befriending has been developed by voluntary organisations to provide people who are socially isolated with opportunities for social interaction and a sense of being part of a community.

Service user involvement is key to the difference we can make in the lives of offenders – improving the quality and impact of the services on offer; contributing to wider outcomes, including reducing re-offending; and enabling individual service users to build a new identity which supports their journey to desistance from crime