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Audit Scotland report: 'What works' to reduce reoffending in Scotland

Yesterday saw the publication of Audit Scotland's report on reducing reoffending in Scotland. The Scottish Government estimates that reoffending costs Scotland £3 billion a year, and the report highlights a 'mismatch between what is delivered, and what works'.

The report strongly advocates for the approach taken by Venture Trust's programmes, particularly Living Wild: Chance for Change and our work designed specifically for those involved in offending. The report sets out the following points on 'what works' for reducing reoffending:

There is strong evidence on what works to reduce reoffending. This includes:

  • Helping offenders find jobs, improving relationships with their families and communities, and managing their lives
  • Relationships between support workers and offenders based on respect and trust; being flexible and non-judgemental; and relationships being maintained when offenders leave prison
  • Tailoring approaches to offenders and their individual needs.

Our Living Wild programme champions this sort of holistic, individually-tailored approach, which puts relationships at the heart of each participant's progression. And we know that this approach works.

Almost 9 out of 10 participants on our Living Wild programme show increased self-confidence, and a similar proportion are more employable after their time with us. Almost two thirds show behaviours and circumstances likely to reduce risks of reconviction.

We're proud to be championing this sort of effective approach to reducing reoffending in Scotland, and naturally support the report's recommendations that resources should be targeted towards those interventions that work.

The key messages document of the Audit Scotland report can be downloaded here.

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