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Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company

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Supervising offenders

Northumbria CRC works with adult offenders (over 18 years of age) in the community.

This includes offenders on community orders, suspended sentence orders and post sentence supervision following their release from prison.

Approximately 85% of the offenders we work with are male.

There are three levels of supervision in our supervision framework for men - standard, enhanced and premium – depending on the amount and nature of the work which needs to be done.

For women offenders, we have a distinct approach with our women’s hubs.

All offenders are allocated their own responsible officer, who is a probation officer employed by Northumbria CRC.   

The sentence plan

At the start of the order, the responsible officer produces a sentence plan which covers all the work the offender must complete during their order. This includes:

  • the requirements imposed by the court
  • work to address attitudes and behaviour linked to offending
  • work to improve thinking and decision making skills
  • work to improve victim awareness and understanding of how crime affects a wide range of people
  • identifying lifestyle changes

Throughout the order, offenders attend regular appointments with their responsible officer, other probation staff and staff from partner agencies. During appointments, we challenge their attitudes, behaviour and lifestyle, and provide support with the changes they need to make to stop reoffending.

The officer is responsible for the sentence as a whole, which includes regularly reviewing the risk assessment and risk management plan, as well as making sure all the work included in the sentence plan is completed.

Resource centres

Most offenders will attend our resource centres at some stage in their sentence. Depending on the individuals needs and sentence requirements, this might be after they have completed their core supervision with their responsible officer, it could be towards the end of their sentence or in some case, it could be from the start.

The resource centres provide ongoing assistance with a range of lifestyle and offending related issues, and support offenders in their reintegration into local communities.

The centres provide support in: 

  • accessing suitable housing
  • becoming ready for work and looking for employment
  • accessing education and training opportunities
  • accessing benefits
  • linking with relevant community groups in their local area, for ongoing support after the sentence has ended

Integrated Offender Management

Some offenders need more support than others to stop offending. Our integrated offender management (IOM) teams provides an intensive package of treatment and support.

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