The aim of bthechange is in part to benefit society by reducing reoffending and thus the number of victims, and in part to give first time offenders more positive structures and options.
There is no attempt to pretend that offenders have not committed a crime, it is one of the fundamentals of bthechange that any of its clients take accountability and ownership for what they have done. Every effort is made to support the client to ensure that they can rebuild their lives and contribute positively to society.
Since May 2015 to Jan 17, 172 clients have been seen and numbers are a steady three a week. Clients are self-referrals who have received details of bthechange via the six Police custody centres in Devon & Cornwall. After the initial contact the levels of support that are required will vary.
As a minimum, every client is asked to enter into a 16 week rolling care programme which can be extended depending on progress. The programme is a two way process and identifies the offending factors. With this particular cohort the offending factors ordinarily are: Housing, employment & substance misuse issues. The current level of service is regular contact with the client via email, phone and face to face. Once the re-offending factors have been minimised, the level of support adjusts accordingly.
A key factor in minimising re-offending is providing structured after care provision, of which we take great pride in providing and this is key in maintaining our 2% re-offending rate.