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Making our communities safer

Reducing reoffending rates

   Councils  

Bradford Council, Doncaster Council

The Fresh Start 4U Project, funded by Bradford Council supports adult offenders to reduce their offending, increase their employability and reduce their reliance on public services. To date the project team has worked with 150 service users and the re-offending rates are an estimated 75% lower than comparable criminal justice cohorts nationally. Overall annual savings from reduced reoffending and savings in welfare benefits from those who have been supported in to work are around £475,500 a year, or £3.40 for every £1 invested. 46% of service users have achieved an employment, training or education outcome. The project has shown that a key area where it provides benefit is in supporting those who have not received support in the past.

In response to one of the highest rates of youth offending, including reoffending rates, the Encouraging Potential Inspiring Change (EPIC) service, was established in June 2016. EPIC works with 10-17 year olds identified as being at risk of entering the youth justice system. Doncaster Council has moved from having among the worst re-offending rates for young people in the country two years ago to now having the 4th lowest rate, at 28.1%, compared to an England average of 37.7%. Since the introduction of EPIC, first time entrants to the youth justice system have fallen by 29% and the number of cautions issued by South Yorkshire police has reduced by 69%.