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