Aiming to reduce re-offending rates by engaging and supporting from the point of arrest
In March 2019, the (then) Home Secretary announced a £100million Serious Violence Fund to help tackle crimes. £35 million of the Serious Violence Fund has been invested in Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) in 18 areas across the UK. The goal is to build capacity in local areas to tackle the root causes of serious violence.
VRU’s bring together police, local government, health and education professionals, community leaders and other key partners to ensure a multi-agency response to the identification of local drivers of serious violence and agreement to take necessary action to tackle these. The Government recognises that law enforcement on its own will not reduce serious violence and that we must continue to focus on early intervention and prevention. The introduction of VRUs across England and Wales represents a substantial and exciting system change in the field of violence.
Working in partnership with South Yorkshire Police Violence Reduction Unit, we have helped develop and operate a service called ‘Plan B’, which involves experienced custody navigators from City Hearts engaging with individuals in custody from the point of arrest.
The initiative, which launched in December 2019, aims to reduce offending rates and violence, whilst also helping individuals realise and work towards their goals and aspirations. Following a successful pilot of the programme, it was rolled out fully into Sheffield’s Shepcote Lane custody suite. It has since expanded into Doncaster and Barnsley custody suites, and is now open to female referrals.
“I’m very aware of how fortunate I am to have had such a stable upbringing. Being able to support and help those who have been less fortunate is a real privilege.”
Plan B Navigator
“Someone who has been in custody for 14 hours will have a lot of thoughts going through their minds and there is an opportunity to engage with them."
“I love helping people to escape a cycle of negativity, and seeing them grow in confidence.”
Plan B Navigator