Purpose and Values

Purpose and Values

We live in a society where sexual abuse provokes powerful responses within communities. The successful rehabilitation and reintegration of a sex offender requires consideration of their own needs, the victim’s needs and those of the community.  Social isolation and emotional loneliness are key factors in increasing the risk of recidivism. Identifying suitable members of the public to monitor and support a Core Member (the sex offender) in the community has proved an extremely effective way of reducing this risk.

For some men and women who have sexually offended, trying to re-settle into the community, particularly following a period of imprisonment, may be a daunting prospect.  They may feel isolated and fearful, and in need of practical support; for example in finding work or managing their money.  They may also struggle to rebuild a full and meaningful life whilst managing their ongoing and potentially risky behaviour.

Circles work in partnership with Police, Probation, local Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements and other professionals working in the field of child protection.  Circles has at its heart the aim to prevent further sexual abuse, working with the objective of no more victims.

Circles do this by;

  • Helping a Core Member to reintegrate responsibly into the community.

  • Acting as a support and safety mechanism for both Core Member and the community.

  • Enhancing public safety when there is a perceived element of risk

Key Values

Six key values of Circles have been identified;

  • Safety - We work towards the objective of no more victims.

  • Responsibility – Holding individuals and organisations to accountable for their actions.

  • Inclusiveness – Managing risk through inclusion not exclusion.

  • Community involvement – Recognising the importance of community involvement.

  • Growth and learning – Recognising that with necessary support and challenge, people have the ability to grow, learn and change their behaviour.

  • Individuality and respect – Treating people with humanity and respect.

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Latest News

Criminal Justice Alliance Award - Outstanding Organisation 2019Circles UK receives the Criminal Justice Alliance ‘Outstanding Organisation’ award for 2019’
Criminal Justice Alliance Award - Outstanding Journalism 2019Sky News correspondent and presenter Adele Robinson receives the Criminal Justice Alliance ‘Outstanding Journalism’ award for 2019, for the documentary made about Circles 'Inside the Circle' - still available to watch HERE
Circles UK Annual Review 2018-2019 Circles UK Annual Review 2018-2019

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Abbey House/Abbey Square
Reading RG1 3BE
United Kingdom
0118 950 0068


Confidentiality Statement

Circles UK, as the national body for Circles Providers across England and Wales, can provide information on the availability of Circles across England and Wales and how to volunteer for our work. Circles UK itself does not provide advice or counselling. In a situation when anyone contacting us provides identifying information and raises our concerns that a child is at risk, or a criminal offence has been committed of which the police may be unaware, we will pass that information onto the appropriate agencies.

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