Restorative Justice at BeNCH

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Restorative Justice brings together all parties affected by crime. Meetings are held where victims are given the opportunity to explain to an offender how the crime has affected their lives.

Victims can ask the questions that perhaps didn’t get asked or answered in court, with the hope that the offender will understand the impact of their actions and stop them re-offending. To see how Restorative Justice can change lives – read Lisa and Shaun’s story below:

Lisa and Shaun’s story
Shaun* was a prolific burglar and a drug user but ready and willing to examine his criminal behaviour. One of Read more

Rehabilitation Activity Requirement – quick guide

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The Rehabilitation Activity Requirement allows for a bespoke package of interventions to meet the needs of individual service users and is outlined in our Quick Guide.  The time required for each intervention will be variable on a case-by-case basis.

Accredited Programme Requirements are available to Courts and the National Probation Service.  A specific requirement is necessary as part of the Court Order.  Group activities will take place in our Local Management Centres (operational from December 2015) which can be accessed by all service users.  Some activities may also take place with the

BeNCH CRC is proud to work in partnership … Read more

Guest post – Ban the Box campaign

We are delighted to publish this article kindly provided by Faye Goldman, Campaign Manager at Business in the Community, highlighting the tricky subject of supporting those with convictions into employment.  Here Business in the Community outline the compelling argument on why this makes sense for individuals and society in general:

Ban the Box: the fair approach to recruitment

For the 10 million people in the UK with a criminal record, filling out a job application form can be a daunting process. Faced with having to tick a box to declare their previous convictions, many people will choose to exclude themselves … Read more

Thank you from Edlesborough

We were delighted to receive another letter from a beneficiary of Community Payback, praising the work carried out by a team of Community Payback workers and supervised by Angela Giakovmis from BeNCH. It was the ‘Friends of the Church on the Hill’ from the village of Edlesborough, Bedfordshire who kindly wrote following some work which had recently taken place in the grounds of Edlesborough church. The Community Payback work taking place there contributes to the wider EDaN Project which seeks to improve the quality of life in nearby villages.

This project involved the installation of flood lighting outside the 13th … Read more

Thank you from Kimpton Primary School

Every Sunday for the last year, some dedicated work has been completed by Community Payback workers at Kimpton Primary School in Hertfordshire. The work has involved painting the interior of the school and carrying out some exterior work as well. Recently we have received this letter from the school:

Dear Karen, Linda and Robin
Thank you so much to you and all the workers who carried out the decorating project at Kimpton Primary School. We are absolutely delighted that our school now looks so fresh and clean. It is a real tribute to you that you are able to produce … Read more

Service User survey

In May 2015 BeNCH CRC conducted a survey amongst a sample of Service Users which shows some very encouraging results. The survey was mirrored in each of the other Community Rehabilitation Companies through England and Wales who all carried out identical surveys at the same time.

In BeNCH CRC 487 service users were asked to give their opinions and point of view on their time being managed by us. The sample of service users was a good cross section of the total caseload with each of our 14 offices taking part. We took care to ensure the balance was right … Read more

Supporting service users into work

Service Users gaining employment is often a major step in the rehabilitation journey. Here we share the story of one of our service users who was helped by Paul Churchill, his Probation Officer. Amongst other things, Paul even lent some of his own clothes for his service user to attend an interview!

Here’s the story. Sam was released from custody earlier this year, having previously been recalled to prison. Given his extensive history of offending, Sam was then managed by one of the Integrated Offender Management schemes in Cambs. This is a multi agency team bringing staff from BeNCH, Police … Read more

Community Payback thank you letter

We were delighted to receive this recent letter from the Head Teacher of a local infant school:

I wanted to take the time to say a big thank you to the service on behalf of all the staff, pupils & families at Kingsway Infant School.

We have been lucky enough to have worked with your supervisor Angela Giakovmis and her teams for a number of years. We have mutually benefited in so many ways.

The people doing Community Payback generally seem to enjoy coming to our school and working hard and making a real difference.

I always go out of … Read more

Police & Crime Commissioners hosted a conference

The Police & Crime Commissioners hosted a conference which has provided a real focus for all the stakeholders to continue working closely with each other. The four Police and Crime Commissioners for Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (and covering the BeNCH area) jointly hosted an important conference aimed at reducing offending and reoffending on Friday 24 July. The conference was attended by over 100 professionals from across the four counties who work together in reducing crime in local communities.
During the day, delegates discussed how to coordinate activity between partners in dealing with repeat offenders and their families, the role Read more

Prolific offender completes pioneering reform programme

A repeat offender has put a lifetime of offending behind him thanks to an intensive rehabilitation programme by the Bedfordshire Integrated Offender Management team. This multi-agency team works to reduce crime by the county’s most prolific offenders and consists of professionals from Bedfordshire Police, BeNCH Community Rehabilitation Company, National Probation Service and partners.

Discovered by the Police in a rubbish bin when he was just six months old, Steve* has fought an uphill battle to lead a regular, law-abiding life – what most people would term ‘normal’.

After spending his early childhood with a good foster family, the placement broke … Read more