Accredited programmes can be tough and demanding, particularly for some offenders who have to confront their beliefs, as they learn new skills and acquire knowledge to stop further offending. All programmes are delivered in a group session and can last from three months to over a year. Sessions are between two hours and a full day and are delivered once or twice a week in groups of eight to 12 offenders.
For more details about the programmes currently being delivered in Humberside, please see the sections below.
Thinking Skills Programme
It is not suitable for:
- People whose offending is not linked to poor cognitive skills
- Offenders with serious mental health problems
- Offenders who cannot learn in a group setting
- Current sex offenders
- Domestic violence offenders
The programme is made up of four pre-programme sessions, both one-to-one and in a group; 22 group sessions of between two and two-and-a-half hours; and seven post-programme sessions on an individual basis. These session focus on skills to change behaviour such as problem solving, anti-social attitudes, tackling pressures to offend, victim awareness, moral reasoning, self-management and social interaction. These are then applied to aspects of offending and situations in which they occur.
The programme addresses the way offenders think and their behaviour associated with offending. It involves offenders developing skills in setting goals and making plans to achieve these without offending. It encourages offenders to think through decisions, tap into and manage emotions, develop skills to resist the pro criminal or unhelpful influence of others and see a situation from different points of view.
Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme
The themes of the programme are:
- Non-threatening behaviour
- Support and trust
- Accountability and honesty
- Sexual respect
- Negotiation and fairness
IDAP is a nationally-accredited community-based group work programme designed to prevent re-offending by adult male domestic violence offenders. The programme aims include reducing the risk of violent crime and abusive behaviour towards women in relationships by helping offenders change their attitudes and behaviour. IDAP requires co-operation between the agencies concerned with domestic violence and prioritises women’s and children’s safety. It is delivered within the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). Partners of offenders are supported by dedicated Women’s Safety Workers, who liaise with course facilitators as well as other key agencies.
Northumbria Sex Offender Group Programme
- Female sex offenders
- Sex offenders with an IQ of less than 80
- Men with severe drug/alcohol misuse
- Men with current mental health problems
- Men assessed as psychopathic
- Men in total denial of their sex offending
The programme involves 144 hours of attendance consisting of sessions run for one or two days per week. The core programme consists of four modules and men can attend at the beginning of any module. High risk/high deviancy men will attend the core group followed by Relapse Prevention (36 hours). Low risk/low deviancy men will normally complete individual preparation work followed by the Relapse Prevention Programme. Offenders released from prison will follow similar routes according to their assessment of risk and deviancy.
The programme aims to help offenders develop understanding of how and why they have committed sexual offences. It also increases awareness of victim harm. The main focus is to help the offender develop meaningful life goals and practice.
NSOG Relapse Prevention: Better Lives Programme
Becoming New Me
BNM consists of approximately 90 sessions. There will be at least two sessions per week and offenders must attend every session. If offenders are doing the group in prison, there will be three or four sessions per week. If offenders miss a session they will have to complete catch up work. The group sessions all last for a morning or an afternoon. They are two to three hours long, with a short break in the middle.