We work with a wide variety of organisations who enhance the services we provide to address areas vital to reducing reoffending and protecting the public.
We see the development of key relationships with providers and employers as an important and continual part of our work.
Our partners, from across the public, voluntary and community sectors, span a range of services and specialisms including:
We recognise there is a connection between homelessness and crime. In 2018, around a quarter of our service users left prison without accommodation. We contract NACRO, St Giles Trust and Southdown Housing Association to give service users practical assistance and support with finding a place to live. We work with police and crime commissioners, local authorities and other agencies to improve service user access to housing. We also work with our parent company’s funded charity ‘Your Ambition’ who help fund supported bed spaces for service users.
Attitudes, thinking and behaviour
We work in partnership with a wide range of organisations who provide wraparound support and assistance to service users on programmes designed to reduce offending behavior.
Children and families
We recognise the role children and families play in helping service users to make positive changes in their lives. We work closely with the police and social services to safeguard children and adults, where we, the National Probation Services or the criminal justice agencies identify a risk of harm.
Drugs and alcohol
We work in partnership with locally commissioned substance misuse treatment providers so service users with either a court ordered treatment requirement or an alcohol or drug issue can access appropriate treatment. Our treatment partners deliver a range of group-work and psychosocial interventions.
Education, training and employment
We work in partnership with specialist recruitment professionals and employers in areas such as construction, retail and hospitality to provide service users with the opportunity to build skills and aspirations. Our job fairs and industry-based recruitment events enable service users to obtain sustainable employment. We look forward to developing further opportunities. If you would like to discuss how we can work together to support your recruitment needs, please complete the information request form.
Finance, benefit and debt
We develop partnerships with the Citizen Advice Bureau and other voluntary organisations that support people with issues relating to finance, benefits and debt. We also work with HSBC and Santander banks to set up bank accounts for prisoners in custody.
Integrated Offender Management
We work with the police and the National Probation Service to deliver Integrated Offender Management (IOM) through co-located teams. We target intensive multi-agency management and support where it can be most effective in reducing reoffending and creating safer communities. Substance misuse and housing agencies along with Jobcentre Plus are involved in local schemes.
Mental and physical health
We work closely with the health services and charities to enable service users to access treatment for mental and physical health problems. We support individuals to lead a healthy lifestyle and improve their well-being. This includes NHS lifestyle advisors attending our probation offices in Kent.
Service user engagement
We work closely with User Voice, an organisation run by ex-service users, to improve the effectiveness of our services. They support our well-established service user council. The council helps us gain valuable feedback from service users to improve the way we deliver probation services.
If you’d like to explore opportunities to work in partnership with KSS CRC, contact us today: