DISC delivers a range of services around offender rehabilitation
Person-Centred Offender Rehabilitation
DISC’s Offender Rehabilitation work goes back to our charity’s inception in 1984. We deliver a range of innovative criminal justice services managing and supporting offenders to improve their opportunities, in line with the government Transforming Rehabilitation programme.
We work to reduce social exclusion by partnering with other agencies. Within Community Safety Partnerships, DISC promotes and develops integrated service delivery pathways with criminal justice agencies and social and health care providers.
Helping service users turn the corner
DISC carries out its work across the community and the prison system. We believe in providing holistic support which addresses service users’ individual and often complex, multi-disciplinary requirements. We want to enable service users overcome multiple issues, reduce or end their offending, and stay in a job.
Working with primary agencies
DISC has tried and tested communication networks and working relationships with prison establishments, Community Rehabilitation Companies and the police. We deliver an end-to-end provision from prison and the community which routinely challenges offending behaviour and supports individuals to make important behavioural changes, aligned to the offender management model. We link together a range of funding streams to offer effective support that can make a life-changing impact on individuals’ lives.
Our specialist services for offenders
- Housing and resettlement support,
- Prison link services, prison peer education programmes,
- Substance misuse services, specialist young offender programmes,
- Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes
- Initiatives to reduce anti-social behaviour.
DISC has provided successful drug intervention programmes since 2007, providing Offender Management and Recovery focused services which target the most criminally active groups which include offenders registered to IOM and Prolific and Priority Offenders (PPOs).
In Leeds, the co-located model partners (i.e. Police, Prisons, Probation and DISC) work cohesively and jointly operate standardised procedures. Together, we deliver a range of interventions that reduce the risk of re-offending.
We focus strongly on engagement and programme completion. We also offer signposting to further services, such as employment, training, education, housing support and benefits whilst providing support for carers and family members.
In partnership with the Police, Leeds DIP and IOM teams were involved in a number of police-led operations across Leeds aimed at reducing burglary – the primary serious crime type in Leeds. This initiative led to a 37% reduction in house burglaries between 2011 and 2013.
Community Order Treatment Requirements
Across our substance misuse programmes in Leeds, Calderdale and North Yorkshire we work alongside criminal justice agencies providing structured treatment and regular drug testing treatment to those offenders who are issued Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRR), Alcohol Treatment Requirements (ATR) sentence.
Specialist Housing Support
We offer specialist housing support to offenders in Lancashire and Sefton, providing supported accommodation to enable ex-offenders to resettle in the community including those under MAPPA and PPO orders.
Awards and Commendations
DISC North Yorkshire Horizons drug and alcohol service has recently been commended by North Yorkshire police for the work carried out in Selby, which has led to a dramatic decrease in offences involving drug possession this year, compared with figures from 2014.
Leeds DIP service was awarded the Tackling Drugs, Changing Lives Award Home Office – Drugs and Criminal Justice Category 2009.