Housing support for rehabilitating adult offenders – a success story

Working in partnership with specialist agencies across County Durham and the Borough of Darlington, we provide accommodation-based and floating support services to offenders, those at risk of homelessness and many other vulnerable groups.

Every individual and their circumstances are unique, so we work hard to ensure flexible and responsive support tailored to the needs of the customer. This enables them to develop or improve their skills in order to achieve or sustain independent living…

Probation and criminal justice partners

We work closely with probation and other criminal justice sector partners to maximise outcomes for customers and the wider community, providing housing support services to adult offenders across all the areas in which we work.

  • Our specialist services include working with:
    Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements
    Mentally disordered offenders
    Offenders subject to drug or alcohol rehabilitation requirements
    Prolific and priority offenders
    Offenders subject to Integrated Offender Management
    Male perpetrators of domestic violence

MS’s story – in the beginning…

When MS was first signed up to Foundation support, he had long term issues with alcohol-related violent offending, as well as a lack of housing/tenancy management skills – so we needed to help him tackle both.

While in supported accommodation, MS received the help he needed to address these issues – going on to reduce his drinking to the point where alcohol is no longer a problem in his life. Since his release and rehabilitation, he has committed no further offences.

MS’s progress

MS successfully moved on from Foundation supported accommodation on the 22nd March 2015 and into his own Darlington Council flat, after being successful on the Compass bidding system. His council flat has been furnished and given a white goods package, and he continued to be supported in the community until being signed off on the 21st July 2015, after all of his support needs had been achieved through his relationship with Foundation.

The results so far…

MS now enjoys weekend overnight contact with his children, as his excellent progress has given Social Services the confidence to end their involvement in the case, declaring him as being of no risk to his children.

All involved agencies were in agreement that MS was now settled enough to be signed off from Foundation support, but we’ve ensured he’s aware that he can access the Foundation Triage drop-in service at the Darlington office, any time he feels he needs a helping hand.