Criminal Justice Directory
Welcome to the Criminal Justice Directory, the place to find out information and contact details on a range of voluntary and community sector organisations working across the criminal justice system. The former NEON directory has been rebranded to include organisations working with victims, preventionary activities, community safety activities as well as those working with offenders in the North East.
ARCH North East
Mon 8.30-16.00 Tue, Wed, Thur 8.30-19.00 Fri 8.30-4.00
We are a rape and sexual abuse counselling and advisory service for any one over 14 years of age who has been affected by sexual abuse or rape at any time in their lives
ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors)
AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project)
We works as volunteers from home
AVP has run workshops in Britain since 1989, the workshops are run both in the community and in prison and are for people who have difficulty with anger, strong emotions, self esteem, relationships and conflicts.
We offer 16 hour workshops (usually over a weekend) for people who want to make changes in their lives. People come as volunteers and are usually over 18. The workshops build self esteem, develop good communication skills and trust, address anger and strong emotions and offer skills for handling conflicts in non violent ways.
Balliol Youth & Community Centre
We run open youth sessions from 5 to 7, with activities here every weekday night
We try to help youngsters have fun & keep out of trouble.
Barnardo's BVenture Project
To engage with and offer a service to children and families where a parent is an offender serving or who has served a custodial sentence.
Children of prisoners are a very vulnerable and hard to reach group. There is a strong link between parental imprisonment and adverse outcomes for children including increased chances of offending or delinquent behaviour.
Through therapeutic activity weekends and ongoing peer support activities, participants will have new and challenging experiences. The weekends away involve activities such as archery, climbing, rafting, mounting boarding, team challenges, picnics and walks. Informal therapy is undertaken with three trained volunteers and two therapists who befriend the families and create good relationships. These experiences will encourage aspirational thinking, improved inter-personal skills and greater self esteem.
Barnardo\\\'s BVenture Project offers:
- small groups and concentrated 1:1 attention
- experience of achievement and success
- development of improved inter-personal skills
-experience of sharing and being truly understood, not judged by peers
- experience of developing new, pro-social problem solving and coping strategies
-reduced anxiety and increased emotional wellbeing and self esteem.
Barnardo's Circles 2
To increase the capacity of women to protect their children and to reduce the need for receptions into care.
To reduce isolation.
To improve decision making and problem solving.
To help families develop safer networks.
To address the stigma associated with abuse and child protection systems.
A Circle is a group of volunteers from a local community who are fully trained, professionally supported and supervised in their work. Circles 2 volunteers will act as a supportive and responsible \'community\' for women and their children who have experienced domestic or sexual violence or abuse. They will provide practical and emotional support, but also ensure that children\'s safety is not compromised.
Barnardo's Domestic Violence Protection Project
9am-5pm office hours; limited work with service users outside of these hours by arrangement
To increase the safety of women and their children;
To encourage male abusers to take responsibility for their actions;
To promote respectful, non-abusive relationships by changing behaviour.
Working with men:
Men can refer themselves onto the 32 week group perpetrator programme or be referred by other agencies, for example GPs or Children\'s Social Care.
Working with women:
The victim of domestic violence will be contacted by a female worker. She will be given the opportunity to be involved in her partner\'s assessment and be kept up to date with his progress. She can also be involved in saferty planning for herself and her children, and will receive emotional support.
Work with children:
Many children find it hard to talk about their experiences of domestic violence and abuse. With their parents\' permission, a specialised worker uses creative play and arts to work with children, exploring their feelings and developing ways of keeping safe.
Barnardo's North East Circles of Support and Accountability
Circles of Support and Accountability work with high risk sex offenders. We aim to reduce risks of further offending, thus reducing abuse and facilitating the safe and successful reintegration of offenders into communities.
A Circle is a group of volunteers from a local community who are fully trained, professionally supported and supervised in their work with people who have committed sexual offences. They meet as a group with the offender on a regular basis to help them establish independent non-offending lives. The volunteers hold the offender to account by challenging attitudes and behaviour which signal a risk to the community and if necessary report this to the statutory authorities.
Barnardo's Parent Support Service
To empower vulnerable parents, and raise their confidence, self-esteem and awareness in order to enable them to improve their relationships with their children.
The Parent Support Service works with parents whose children have become involved with the Youth Justice System.
Parents/carers can be provided with: 1:1 advice; practical support in handling the behaviour of their child; guidance around setting appropriate boundaries and improving communication; an appropriate group work programme.
Secos enagages and works directly with children, young people and adults who are vulnerable, at risk of or involved in sexual exploitation
Missing from home / education and prevention / emergency accommodation / street based outreach - covering Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, Durham, Redcar, Cleveland and Hartlepool
Barnardo's Young Offenders Programme
Monday to Wednesday 9-5
Barnardo's offers placements to young offenders aged 16-25 in our shops. The offenders receive retail training in the hope they develop new skills and increase levels of self-confidence. They can also work towards a Youth Achivement Award by compiling evidence of 4 x 15 hour challenges, the first on jobsearch and the rest tailored to the individual.
See Barnardos website for full details of services