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One million pound upgrade for Sussex probation hubs

10 October 2018

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC), the agency responsible for supervising low and medium risk offenders in Sussex, today marks the completion of a one million pound upgrade to the region's probation infrastructure.

New offices in Brighton, Crawley and Littlehampton officially opened this week. Designed to be more welcoming and open, the hubs provide space for other agencies from education, health and housing services so that offenders’ needs can be addressed in one place. Over half of the 3,000 low and medium risk offenders in Sussex need support tackling substance misuse while one in four men supervised by KSS CRC have housing support needs.

The new probation facility in Littlehampton replaces a porter cabin inherited when KSS CRC took over delivering the service in 2015. In Hastings, KSS CRC’s hub will be refurbished after the company takes over the lease by spring 2019. Two small bases in Eastbourne and Worthing were closed and replaced with services based in other agencies’ community offices so that ex-offenders who live in those areas can also access support from a range of agencies in one place.   

This latest milestone comes after the company unveiled the creation of a new research unit to test, trial and evaluate innovative approaches to cutting re-offending and crime. This includes the UK’s first intervention designed to try to tackle the root causes of the obsessive and compulsive behaviour behind stalking offences.    

KSS CRC chief executive officer, Suki Binning, said:

“Our new offices in Sussex replace the tired facilities we inherited, and which were not fit for purpose. These new hubs provide our staff and partners with the space we need to address the wide range of offenders’ needs and help them to turn away from a life of crime.

“The next phase of our investment in the service is well underway and focuses on our research unit testing, trialling and evaluating new programmes to reduce re-offending in response to local crime trends.   

“We are determined to provide our expert team of probation officers with the working environment, data and research they need to strengthen their hand in reducing re-offending, cutting the number of future victims of crime and improving the quality of life for communities in Sussex.”

Responsibility for managing low and medium risk offenders in the community was handed to privately owned and managed community rehabilitation companies as part of the Government’s “Transforming Rehabilitation” reform agenda.  KSS CRC is owned by Seetec, an Essex-based company, which works all over the UK to improve people’s education, skills and prospects. 

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Notes to editors

KSS CRC facilities in Sussex are:

Sussex House
Crowhurst Rd
Hollingbury
Brighton BN1 8AF

 

Mid Town House
38 - 42 High Street
Crawley
RH10 1BW

Ground Floor East Suite
Arun Civic Centre
Maltravers Road
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN17 5NA

1a Crozier House
Shepherd Street
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN38 0ET

  1. The Kent Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd (KSS CRC) works to reduce reoffending and in so doing, improve people’s lives – potential victims as well as perpetrators of crime. We work with people who have been sentenced by a court to either custody or community supervision and who are classed as low to medium risk.
     
  2. KSS CRC is part of the Seetec Group, a private limited company.  While the KSS CRC is a separate business in its own right, the management function within Seetec’s Justice Division takes an active role in working with the KSS CRC to deliver probation services in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. For further information, please see http://ksscrc.co.uk
     
  3. The public sector National Probation Service works with high risk offenders.
     
  4. KSS CRC works across Kent, Surrey and Sussex’s 35 council areas through a network of 16 offices and serves a population of more than four million.

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