Routeways out of offending

Once a sentence is passed, our practitioners work with service users to agree a rehabilitation plan that meets the sentence of the court - and this becomes their engagement plan. The objective of this plan is to make the individual accountable for their rehabilitation by breaking down issues into manageable parts and addressing directly the cycle of behaviour that leads to crime.

The mutual trust and respect between our practitioners and service users is crucial to achieving a successful outcome. Between them they will agree rehabilitation activities from what we call ‘routeways’ out of offending. Each routeway focuses on removing the real reasons why someone might reoffend. Our approach puts the service user at the heart of their own rehabilitation journey to a crime-free life, making it 'my problem, my solution'.

Each routeway is designed to challenge existing attitudes and help people to think differently about their lifestyle and behaviour, putting tangible plans in place to prevent someone reoffending and, over time, make positive contributions to society.

A summary of the routeways is provided below:

Outlook is designed to help service users understand and create choices, drive consequential thinking and personal responsibility, build confidence and assist change.

Home is concerned with having settled permanent accommodation and focuses on those things that help people become part of the community. It covers practical issues, such as how to set up payment schemes for utilities, as well as securing a tenancy and the different types of tenancies available.

Money focuses on the issues of finance, benefit and debt. Modules are designed to help service users manage their money better. Sessions include managing debt, sourcing help and taking control.

Addiction is covered by experts outside the Kent, Surrey and Sussex CRC, however we believe the thinking associated with substance misuse needs rehabilitative support. Habit covers the nature of addiction, how it links to low self-esteem and introduces steps to regain control.

Future is about the steps needed to locate and secure work, how this is linked to training and education and how the service user can take action themselves to improve their employment chances.

Support encourages the service user to think about their responsibilities and what their actions have meant for their families and loved-ones. It encourages service users to maintain contact with families when in prison and looks at ways in which they can maintain their relationships.

Health modules demonstrate ways in which health care can be accessed. It looks at ways to stay healthy, the importance of diet and weight management as well as sexual health issues.