KeepOut is a unique crime prevention project which is run by two dedicated teams of prisoners at HMP Coldingley and HMP Send, both located in Surrey. The Scheme was started in 1996 by a prisoner nearing the end of his life sentence for armed robbery.
The scheme is aimed at young people at risk of offending, or those already in the criminal justice system. The project works with over 100 agencies across the South East, and takes referrals from the police, youth offending teams, magistrates, schools and other agencies working with vulnerable young people. Each year the project works with around 1600 young people aged between 13 to 17 years old.
There are two main drivers that the scheme works to, the rehabilitation of offenders and the prevention of crime amongst young people. The unique part of the project is that it is the prisoners themselves who work with the young people and gain valuable qualifications at the same time. The project is especially effective as it is based within real working category B and C prisons. The majority of young people attending the project have been identified as being at risk of offending and many of those visit the scheme are already committing offences and are known to Police, Youth Offending Teams and Courts. A smaller percentage of young people are referred to the project as a last step measure before a custodial sentence is enforced.
The benefits of the scheme to the young people attending and the prisoners are enormous. Many prisoners receive a recognised NVQ qualification that holds real value when seeking paid employment after release. The project allows the prisoners to develop their communication, interpersonal skills, self esteem, self confidence and for many gives them a direction in their life often for the first time. For the young people attending the scheme it is a wakeup call to the possible road that lies ahead of them.
Established: April 1996
Registered Charity Number: 1139114
Phone number: 07896 606749View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website