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Project information

Reducing Sexual Harm

We recruit, train and supervise volunteers to support and hold accountable high risk sexual offenders on their return to the community. We also provide a support service to partners and family members of offenders through the use of community volunteers.

March 2019 - December 2022

Charity information: Circles South East

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  • Need


    We are trying to reduce the risk of new sexual offences being committed and ensure there is a reduction in the number of victims being created. We wish to increase partner and family members abilty to protect their children and decrease their vulnerability to being targeted by offenders. We wish to empower communtiies and reduce levels of hostlity and fear towards offenders retruning to the community. We wish to reduce and manage known risk factors that contribute to re-offending.


    We will recruit, train and supervise volunteers to support, monitor and maintain high risk offenders and work in partnerhsip with Police and Probation to create safer communities. We will inform and increase the public understanding of the risk management of offenders therefore empowering them.We will allocate trained mentors to partner and family members and increase their knowledge and understanding of sexual offending. and how to manage risk to their children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The publice to have a reduced fear of crime and increased confidence in addressing sexual offending


    » Delivering presentations to community groups to improve understanding and increase confidence in the risk management of sexual offenders.
    » Recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to support and hold accountable high risk sexual offenders in the community.
    » To deliver Circles of Support and Accountability in local communities.
    » To facilitate constructive engagement between the public and statutory agencies in the risk management of sexual offenders

    What success will look like

    Success will be evidenced in self reporting from public through questinnaires, consultation and evaluation.

    Aim 2

    Sexual offenders to develop and sustain positive community relationships leading to reduced risk


    » Assess and allocate high risk offenders to appropriate support services, working alongside the statutory services
    » Deliver 24 Circles of Support & Accountability in local communities over two years
    » Provide one to one mentoring service for sexual offenders

    What success will look like

    Success will be evaluated through the establishment of 24 Circles of Support & Accountability

    Aim 3

    To obtain a 70% reduction in re-offending rates by sexual offenders leading to fewer victims


    » To complete quarterley dynamic risk reviews on offenders and she information appropriately
    » To complete ongoing evaluation and identify a control group for comparison
    » To tailor support services to high risk sexual offenders and provide long term support and accountability

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through recording of reconvitction data and ongoing evaluation illustraing vewer victims have been created

    Aim 4

    To reduce levels of social isolation and emotional loneliness experienced by sexual offenders


    » Allocation of annual Circle budget to assist development of appropriate community and social networks
    » Distribution and collection of feedback questionnaires from volunteers and offenders to monitor progress
    » Facilitate engagements with volunteers to increase social inclusion and safe reintegration into the community

    What success will look like

    Success will be illustrated through successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offender in the community and safe engagement in appropriate social and community activities

  • Impact


    Reduce the number of victims of sexual abuse. Empower communities and reduce the fear of crime through education and training. Circles addresses the need of the offender by working towards their safe reintegration into the community. Community volunteers provide long term monitoring and support, bridging the gap between communities, the offender and statutory agencies.Our success will be evidenced in evaluation and reconviction rate of participants.


    Loss of funding - ensure charity has ongoing income and have exit strategy and reserves policy in place.Serious complaint from volunteer - follow procedures in policies.Negative publicity/campaign - procedures in place to manage press.Breach of confidentiality - Training and supervision required and possible disciplinary action. Location of circle meeting identified by press - move venue and engage with media as set out in guidelines.New offence committed by offender-cooperation with Police


    Provide Quarterly Operational reports on the progress of the project including information on progress, finances, developments, evaluation. Chief Executive will be happt to attend regular progress meetings if required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £998,390

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      Amount Heading Description
      £783,019 Staff costs Salaries, training, expenses
      £104,312 Circles Running Costs Venue hire, Volunteer travel expenses
      £24,469 Volunteer training Recruitment, Training, DBS checks, Materials, fees, consultancy
      £86,590 Office costs Rent, Printing, Communications, Website Consultancy

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Charitable Trusts £160,000 Conditional
    National Probation Service £231,905 Conditional
    National Lottery £426,447 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Circles South East currently works across the South East including Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Thames Valley, Sussex, Surrey, Kent and now London.


    Victims of Crime
    The Community

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a national reputation and have compared our practice to other models. We have a lower reconviction rate, Volunteers have access to an annual and ongoing training programme, managed by local Co-ordinators who are available promptly. We deliver local Circles in local communities, Circle staff are from the local areas, with local knowledge and existing reputations with statutory

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rebekah Saunders, Chief Executive

    Responsibility for overall management of charity, fundraising and sustainability of project

    Dominic Williams, Senior Coordinator

    Responsible for operational management and staff supervision

    Tim Trimble, Finance Manager

    Responsible for administration, office management and financial management of charity

    Circle Volunteers

    Recruited, vetted and trained to work with offenders in a Circle or on a one to one basis