KSS CRC delivers a wide range of interventions and wraparound support to deliver the sentence of the courts and meet service user needs across a diverse local geography. Our network of 15 local probation offices provide a welcoming, rehabilitative environment for service users and our partnership agencies.
We analyse data on factors linked to offending behaviour to inform our understanding of crime trends and to review and update our suite of interventions.
Our research unit provides us with evidence of what works to make sure our programmes are effective in reducing the risk of reoffending and harm, and to help individuals make positive changes to their lives.
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice), singled out Kent Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company as an example of ‘best practice’, saying it had shown an excellent delivery of unpaid work, and have a comprehensive range of programmes on offer, as well as ‘outstanding leadership’.
We allocate a case manager to people we supervise. The case manager oversees the sentence, assesses the service user’s risk and needs, ensures all the elements of the sentence plan are delivered and takes enforcement action. This includes overseeing interventions and wraparound support to improve the service user’s compliance.
Throughout the supervision period, the case manager has regular face-to-face contact with the service user, according to the sentence requirements and service user’s level of risk, need and motivation.
We deliver a range of structured group-work programmes that have been accredited by the Ministry of Justice.
These are proven to be effective in reducing reoffending, by addressing factors such as domestic violence or attitudes and behaviour.
Our trained facilitators deliver these programmes according to the set criteria. The following programmes are available, subject to assessment of suitability:
Building Better Relationships is a programme for men who have a pattern of violence against a female partner. It helps participants to understand the behaviours that damage relationships, to better understand themselves and to take personal responsibility to overcome relationship difficulties.
Thinking Skills is a cognitive skills programme to strengthen and develop the thinking skills linked to risk of reoffending. Participants learn to improve self-control, improve problem-solving skills, and set themselves meaningful life goals.
The Drink Impaired Drivers Programme promotes safe driving. Increasing understanding of how alcohol affects the body and driving skills, participants learn how to plan ahead and avoid drink-driving in future.
Resolve is a programme for men with a current conviction for an offence of violence. The programme helps participants to develop awareness of violent and aggressive behaviours, learn about personal triggers and develop non-violent ways of responding.
Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR)
The court can sentence individuals to a maximum number of rehabilitation activity days, which involves the service user attending a combination of appointments and activities aimed at helping them avoid reoffending.
Activities can include one-to-one support or group-work our trained staff deliver, or appointments with our supply chain partners who specialise in areas such as working with women, finding people a place to live, giving practical support, or assistance from a mentor.
Below is a list of the rehabilitation activities we offer:
A group-work programme designed to enable participants to understand and develop strategies to manage their anger and avoid aggressive behaviour.
A women’s group based on the ‘good lives model’ which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, while addressing factors linked to offending behaviour such as addiction, relationships and lifestyle choices. We run groups in a woman-only environment, where possible, in external venues.
A cognitive behaviour programme that supports participants to address the substance misuse linked to their offending behaviour.
A programme we developed in response to national concerns about the gap in treatment for stalkers and local criminal justice data showing an increase in this type of offending.
Trained staff deliver bespoke one-to-one sessions using a dialectical behaviour therapy approach to help individuals manage the difficult emotions that trigger harmful behaviour linked to stalking. Our clinical psychotherapist oversees the delivery of sessions and our research unit evaluates the effectiveness.
For people who do not meet the Building Better Relationships accredited programme criteria or cannot go on a group, these sessions provide service users with the skills to manage emotions and learn how to develop healthy relationships.
Group sessions aim to help participants secure employment and develop their confidence, communication and social engagement skills to suit the work place. Service users receive valuable advice on overcoming barriers, one-to-one support with disclosure, CV writing and applying for suitable jobs. We also explore interview techniques and work with local employers to enhance the experience and opportunities available.
Participants identify positive changes they need to make to avoid future reoffending. To help them succeed, individuals learn how to problem-solve and stay motivated during the cycle of change.
Group-based sessions that help to increase participant’s awareness of the impact of their behaviour and develop empathy with victims.
Senior Attendance Centre
A requirement of a community or suspended sentence order for 18 to 24-year-olds, providing punishment and supportive rehabilitation work that encourages individuals to make positive life changes.
Senior attendance centres address factors that lead young people into crime and help them to learn life skills, including support with finding a job.
Volunteers and peer mentors
Many of our service users have never had a positive role model in their life. We understand that support is needed to help individuals achieve sustainable change and avoid reoffending.
Our trained volunteers and peer mentors provide a vital link with the community and can help to make a difference to individuals trying to turn their lives around.
Volunteers and peer mentors work with individuals on community sentences or after they leave prison.
For more information visit our volunteer support page.
Education, Training and Employment (ETE)
We help service users to overcome barriers to finding a job.
A dedicated in-house Education, Training and Employment team works in partnership with national and local employers in construction, rail track maintenance, retail and hospitality, as well as external training providers, to help our service users get access to a wide range of opportunities.
Our employment coaches work directly with individuals to build their work-related skills, qualifications and aspirations, giving individuals access to further education or training.
We hold job fairs and smaller industry-based recruitment events which have created sustainable employment opportunities for our service users. They give individuals the chance to talk about their skills and experience in a relaxed, non-judgmental environment and to arrange formal interviews with employers knowing that their conviction is not a barrier to employment.
We look forward to further developing these opportunities with employers.
If you are an employer and would like to discuss how we can work together to support your business recruitment needs, please complete the information request form.
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We provide additional, personalised support to address an individual’s offending behaviour. The nature of the support varies according to the sentence and each person’s circumstances, but may include working in partnership with specialist agencies, structured one-to-one work sessions and signposting to community resources.
We support the work of drug and alcohol treatment providers by helping individuals to explore the nature of and the impact of their addiction on themselves, their families and friends. Our work assists participants to manage addictive behaviours and get back on track.
Our aim is to reduce the number of service users who are homeless or have unstable accommodation. Our supply chain provides housing advice and support. We also work with local councils and charities to help individuals find a place to live, manage bills and become part of the community. Our volunteers and peer mentors can offer additional assistance, such as going with service users to their appointments and completing housing forms.
We help individuals to deal with their debts and get the specialist support they may need. We also help service users identify the benefits they can claim and help them do budgeting exercises so they have the skills to manage their finances effectively.
We explore ways of improving health and general wellbeing including mental health, healthy eating, exercise and access to healthcare.