Our Criminal Justice work

About Face is the criminal justice side of City Hearts and includes our Merseyside Deferred Prosecution Scheme and Plan B programmes. 

The department was created as a way of addressing the cycle of criminality in a holistic and trauma-informed way, and has supported hundreds of people to turn their lives around.

Our staff work with offenders across South Yorkshire and Merseyside to support them in pursuing a ‘crime free future’, and to address the issues that led them to offend in the first place. 

Our aim is to ensure that those in our support have the opportunity to move into a new, crime-free life, leaving their past behind them.

The Story Behind Our Projects

Back in the mid-1990s, About Face project developer Stuart Otten found himself in a different set of circumstances than that of today, he was involved in violence and drug dealing.

After many near misses within the organised crime community in the City of Liverpool and within the criminal justice system, he managed to turn his life around and eventually became a case worker for City Hearts, working with male survivors of modern slavery.

Stuart's dream of supporting those who found themselves on the other side of the law led him to approach the management team of City Hearts to ask if he could look into working to break the cycle of crime.

He then began to fulfill a decade-long personal dream of providing support, advice and guidance to individuals who found themselves in similar situations to those he had found himself in twenty years previously.