Advertorial: the four keys to effective offender rehabilitation
RSMS Operations Director Jonathan Hussey who has worked with over 40,000 offenders and more than 20 police forces across the UK, describes best practice in the CJS rehabilitation sector
The need to truly address Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) has featured firmly on the government agenda since Rishi Sunak unveiled his ASB Action Plan on 27 March last year.
The Prime Minister’s plan includes two key initiatives. Sixteen areas in England and Wales have been funded to either support new ‘hotspot’ police patrols or trial an ‘Immediate Justice’ scheme designed to hold offenders accountable by compelling them to repair damage inflicted within 48 hours.
Northumbria, Cleveland, Derbyshire and Durham have been given the money to trial both as hotspot trailblazer areas.
The government has allocated a total of £160m to implement the action plan, and should the pilots go well, aims to roll both interventions out nationally this year.
As Operations Director at Red Snapper Managed Services (RSMS), Jonathan Hussey has a wealth of insight when it comes to successfully implementing strategies which truly address offending behaviour, particularly in delivering immediate justice interventions in collaboration with various law enforcement agencies.
With a track record of working with over 40,000 offenders and more than 20 police forces across the UK, he lists four key factors: assessment, intervention, pro-social modelling and monitoring.
Assessment, he believes, is the “cornerstone of effective rehabilitation” which provides the critical foundation for tailored intervention plans.
Recognising the unique needs of each person undergoing rehabilitation, assessments offer a comprehensive understanding of strengths, weaknesses, and underlying issues. This in-depth insight allows professionals to set achievable goals, monitor progress, and adapt strategies to ensure ongoing improvement.
He said: “Assessments inform the allocation of placements for Immediate Justice, optimising rehabilitation programs for maximum impact for the individual and the community.”
Assessments also play a crucial role in risk evaluation and management, he added.
The choice of intervention type is, perhaps unsurprisingly, also “paramount in offender rehabilitation”.
Jonathan said: “Different individuals require different approaches based on their unique circumstances, backgrounds, and the nature of their offences.
“The importance of selecting the appropriate intervention lies in its capacity to address the root causes of criminal behaviour and promote lasting change.
“Tailoring interventions to the specific needs of offenders ensures that rehabilitation efforts resonate with their individual challenges, reducing the risk of recidivism.
“Whether it’s cognitive-behavioural therapy, vocational training, educational programs, or immediate justice, the intervention type should align with the offender’s characteristics and the underlying issues contributing to their behaviour.”
Not only vital to the offender, the choice of intervention also plays “a pivotal role in risk reduction and public safety”. Choosing correctly comes with high stakes.
RSMS’ offering also includes granting forces access to its platform, The Intervention Hub, which hosts 36 evidenced based computerised cognitive behavioural therapy interventions.
Good recruitment is at the heart of pro-social modelling. Why? Because hiring individuals who can model pro social behaviour to offenders is vital.
Jonathan explains: “Through a comprehensive interview process and training programme, RSMS ensures that we hire individuals that can model pro social behaviour to offenders. Pro-social modelling holds significant importance in offender rehabilitation, particularly among staff delivering community service programs.
“Staff members serve as influential role models, demonstrating positive behaviours, attitudes, and social skills that can significantly impact offenders’ perceptions and actions. By embodying prosocial values, staff create an environment conducive to rehabilitation, fostering a sense of responsibility and empathy.”
Essentially, pro-social modelling allows offenders to “envision constructive alternatives to criminal behaviour”, which in turn encourages social integration and reduces the likelihood of reoffending.
In the context of offender management, the importance of monitoring is obvious. RSMS monitors all engagement with offenders, whose progress can compliance with rehabilitation plans can be tracked through “vigilant supervision”.
Jonathan sheds light on how this works in the context of Immediate Justice. “Effective monitoring ensures that offenders fulfil their obligations, promoting a sense of responsibility and commitment.
“By closely tracking participation and performance, staff can identify challenges and address potential issues promptly, preventing relapses into criminal behaviour. This active monitoring not only contributes to the safety and success of community service programs but also instils a sense of structure and routine in offenders’ lives.”
He concludes with a case study that puts all of the above into practice.
Jo’s journey with RSMS exemplifies the “transformative impact of our immediate justice referral route”.
Charged with the criminal damage of a bus shelter, Jo’s encounter with the legal system took a constructive turn when the police referred the case to RSMS.
Jonathan explains what happened next. “Swift action ensued as our dedicated placement co-ordinator reached out to Jo on the same working day. A thorough risk assessment was conducted, delving into Jo’s unique needs and identifying the most suitable placement for rehabilitation. During the ensuing meeting, Jo was directed to attend a placement near his home, with the co-ordinator ensuring clear communication through email, letter, and text.”
Demonstrating “commendable commitment” Jo followed the instructions promptly and was engaged in a placement within 48 hours of RSMS receiving the referral.
“The chosen placement involved litter picking in a local park, contributing positively to the community under the supervision of RSMS.
“Prior to commencing work, RSMS supervisors provided Jo with a comprehensive health and safety briefing, outlining the tasks and expectations. Throughout the placement, Jo had the opportunity to engage with the RSMS Supervisor, discussing challenges he faced.”
The RSMS Supervisor also facilitated access to the RSMS digital intervention hub which provided self-help resources for Jo’s cannabis use.
Upon successful completion of the assigned hours, Jo received a certificate of completion. The hours completed, recorded by the RSMS facilitator, were promptly communicated to the placement co-ordinator who then informed the police.
Jonathan said: “Jo’s journey highlights the efficacy of RSMS in not only addressing the legal aspects but also providing holistic support for individuals on their path to rehabilitation.”
If you would like to find out more about how RSMS addresses offender rehabilitation or about our Immediate justice pilots. Please contact – Jonathan.email@example.com
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