Community justice services for both women and men

This week’s blog comes from Kirstin Abercrombie, Service Manager,  Turning Point Scotland Turnaround Community which offers support for both men and women in the justice system.

Turning Point Scotland’s Turnaround service provides a person-centred and recovery-focused justice service that aims to break the cycle of repeat offending by addressing the root causes of offending behaviour.

Working in partnership with our colleagues in Criminal Justice Social Work, we support individuals whose offending is persistent, high volume and low tariff.

Turnaround Community staff are co-located with Criminal Justice Social Work offices in South West Scotland and North Strathclyde Community Justice Authority areas. We work with men and women who are often at risk of breach of their Community Payback Orders by working through our structured ECHO Programme to address their behaviour by introducing alternatives to drugs, alcohol and offending.

Turnaround can provide the “other activity” requirement of a CPO or assist with the drug and alcohol requirement.

Turning Point Scotland was granted additional funding by SWS CJA, to enhance our service specifically for women in the justice system across the Ayrshires. We introduced a Women’s Outreach Worker, who was to deliver the same structured programme but in a more flexible and proactive way in order to engage those more difficult to reach women.

The outreach role focuses on engaging with the women referred by Criminal Justice Social Work, on a 1-2-1 basis in their houses and communities rather than more traditional office-based or group work approaches. The 12 session ECHO Programme aims to develop victim empathy, an understanding of triggers, foster alternative coping mechanisms and ultimately increase engagement with the requirements of their CPO, thereby achieving  the successful completion of the order.