Our aim: To make Portsmouth a city where we provide co-ordinated and effective support for offenders leaving prison, helping them
to turn their lives around and reduce the level of re-offending.
Sarah Beattie, Assistant Chief Officer, National Probation Service and Barbara Swyer, Head of Operations, Hampshire and IOW CRC, are our theme champions and they manage our delivery plan for reducing reoffending.
Within the changing landscape, significant progress against the objectives has been challenging. However the Integrated Offender Management team has continued to focus on priority and prolific offenders and those offenders serving less than 12 months. Improved access to accommodation has been achieved and developments such as the Boxing Academy, Meet at the Gate project and the PUSH drop in facility are positive steps towards reducing the rate of reconviction. Sarah Beattie
Through our partnership we recognise that we need to work with offenders to challenge their thinking, behaviour and lifestyle choices. This work is carried out under the Seven Pathways to reduce re-offending:-
Education, Training and Employment
Drugs and Alcohol
Finance, Benefits and Debt
Children and Families
Attitude, Thinking and behaviour
Reducing re-offending cannot be the responsibility of just one organisation and the Safer Portsmouth Partnership utilises the expertise of all its members.