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Project information

Criminal Justice

We want to support young victim/survivors to understand their options and be signposted to appropriate support including through Criminal Justice Service process ie. investigations/evidence.
We will support young offenders on arrest, during the Court process, in custody and on release.

April 2016 - December 2018

Charity information: Lifeshare Ltd.

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  • Need


    Young people need help with offending behaviour and to manage the risk of re-offending. Young people can also (potentially) be victims of crime and need support.

    Our Support workers know from experience with clients and partner agencies that young people do not understand their rights and responsibilities and need support if arrested, in custody and resettling in the community. There are health and well-being needs. Those on the Sex Offender Register need supervision to adhere to conditions.


    We encourage and facilitate peer-to-peer support to establish positive behaviour and attitudes.
    A known risk factor in offending is estrangement and family conflict, we offer mediation.
    Those released from a custodial sentence have to make weekly contact with their Offender Managers for at least an hour. We work with Probation and hold meetings at our office, easier for those who are homeless.
    We act as an appropriate adult at the police station, accompany to court and write court reports.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Young people get support upon arrest


    » Act as an appropriate adult at the police station, for those lacking support and contact our regular solicitors
    » If necessary re-establish links with community needed in order to realise implications of arrest and charges brought.

    What success will look like

    Workers will be able to support young people as Appropriate Adult at the police station to explain the process and contact solicitors.

    Aim 2

    Reduce breaches in licence conditions upon release from a custodial sentence


    » Young people get support in prison via letters visits and phone calls to liaise for resettlement into the community.
    » Upon release provide probation appointments for those on licence for meaningful use of time to address issues around behaviour liaising with probation
    » Young people will more likely choose to attend probation appointments at the Lifeshare office and engage due to an established trusting relationship.

    What success will look like

    Positive feedback from client and probation that they understand. Young people will choose to attend probation at the office and engage in the appointments.

    Aim 3

    Young people get support to avoid offending.


    » Encourage reductions in offending behaviour via healthy relationship workshops, art therapy
    » Use “Keep It Tools” our in-house package for clients to focus their behaviour and decision making to identify and avoid triggers for offending

    What success will look like

    Letters, calls and visits will be done and clients will say workshops and programmes were useful. Clients will be more likely to get accommodation, family mediation and health care

    Aim 4

    Support victims and witnesses


    » Lifeshare provides a sensitive safe space to discuss their experience and builds relationships with people, paying close attention to those at risk
    » Lifeshare can help victims to access (if appropriate) mental and/or sexual health services, Victim Support
    » We can help victims receive security measures at home, restraining orders, Non-Molestation orders if required
    » Outline options available, ie legal processes, liaise with police to report and pre-trial visits and special measures, and multi-agency meetings

    What success will look like

    Victims will know their options and some will report and get support throughout process including referrals.

  • Impact


    Clients will be:
    * less likely to offend, reoffend and breach and will be able to navigate the criminal justice system and understand their options.
    * more hopeful, empowered and in control to be accountable for their actions & behaviour.
    * able to resettle into life with better skills.
    * able to report crime.
    Witnesses, victim, client and partner feedback and testimonies will demonstrate the positive value including impact on the Criminal Justice System.


    We have already worked with people affected by or involved with crime and have good relationships with Criminal justice system, prisons, solicitors, Probation service, Greater Manchester Police, Victim support, accommodation providers etc.
    Our Support Worker keeps up to date on legal changes so with funding the project should succeed.


    We will circulate information on social media and via newsletter of the activities and client and partner feedback.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Salary Support Worker annual
      £4,070 Salary Support Worker annual
      £1,500 Telephone Communication
      £1,300 PC Internet
      £1,100 Expenses Client and travel
      £1,020 Admin Stationery post etc
      £1,010 Oncosts Overheads inc Insurance, rent etc
      £1,000 Training Staff training
  • Background


    Manchester’s crime rate has been higher than the average across similar areas.

    Police cuts affected Manchester.

    10895/32844 Total Deprivation
    5070/ 32844 Health Deprivation
    1245/32844 Crime
    9360/32844 Barriers to housing and services
    22/32844 Living Environment Deprivation
    Out of 326 local authorities, 1=worst, Manchester is 10 for crime.


    Our clients age 16-25 are at risk of, facing or with experience of homelessness and or exploitation, including gang, sexual etc who need safeguarding, direction etc.

    We welcome all irrespective of religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, offending status or politics.
    They come from various sources e.g. parole and prison services, children’s homes etc or by word of mouth or personal recommendation. They include youngsters out of care, out of prison, and pregnant.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

     We are the only drop-in centre in Manchester where a young person can immediately access to an experienced case worker.
     The only charity with 10 years’ expertise in helping young people exit sexual exploitation.

    Our Support Worker specialises in Criminal Justice issues, after serving a custodial sentence, holds a BSocSc Degree in Criminology, a Masters in Socio-Legal Research, became a Trustee of Mothers Against Violence and facilitated healthy relationship Workshops in Cat A prisons.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Julie Boyle

    Support Worker specialises in Criminal Justice issues Assesses clients, provides appointments, co-ordinates drop in, acts as Appropriate Adult

    Judy Vickers

    Team Leader of CARDS, responsible for the project, managing staff and recruiting students and volunteers, safeguarding lead, outreach ambassador

    Helzielou Amnell-Connor

    Sessional Support Worker, accompanying clients to appointments, supporting mail, job seeking and benefit applications, referrals, supporting drop-ins

Lifeshare excels in helping clients to develop the positive mental wellbeing necessary to avoid a chaotic lifestyle and prepare the foundations for independent living and employment. Some of these young people have developed better life skills having had contact with your service.

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