Your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and partner agencies are working together to make the county’s communities safer by reducing levels of offending. With repeat offenders being responsible for a significant amount of crime here, tackling reoffending and rehabilitating offenders is a key part of Stephen’s plan for keeping Norfolk one of the safest counties in the country.
Coming together as the County Board for the Rehabilitation of Offenders, partners have identified the factors which may make individuals more likely to reoffend (such as lack of accommodation or employment, or issues with drugs and alcohol – these are referred to as ‘pathways’ out of offending).
The Board is working to improve overall support across Norfolk, with particular focus on these pathway areas.
Initiatives being led by the Board include improving the support available to offenders prior to, during and following their release from prison, ensuring their health and social care needs are fully understood and met, working with the local business sector to increase training and employment opportunities for ex-offenders and replicating a highly successful rehabilitation programme already in place for male prolific offenders for women.
The Board’s membership is as follows:
- Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner
- Norfolk Constabulary
- Norfolk and Suffolk probation Trust
- Youth Offending Team
- HMP Norwich
- HMP Wayland
- Public Health – Norfolk County Council
- Children’s Services – Norfolk County Council
- Cabinet members for Public protection – Norfolk County Council
- Broadland District Council
- NHS East Anglia
- Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group
- North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group
- Norfolk Community Law Service
- Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
- Department for Work and Pensions
To make accessing advice, information and support easier for those wanting to make positive changes in their lives and break the cycle of crime, the PCC led the development of a website providing details of the local organisations and projects working in the following pathways:
- Attitudes, thinking and behaviour
- Domestic abuse
- Drugs and alcohol
- Education, training and employment
- Finance, benefits and debt
- Physical and mental health
- Sex workers support
- Social networks (friends and family).
The N-Compass directory, accessed at www.ncompass.org.uk, can be searched by pathway or location.
The website will also assist the Rehabilitation Board in its ongoing work to improve the support available to ex-offenders, helping members to plot and assess current provision, addressing overlap and identifying gaps.
Organisations working across one or more of the pathways are encouraged to visit the website and register their details
If you have any feedback on accessing support in your local area, the Board would like to hear from you. You can submit your comments on the N-Compass website.