Substance Misuse and Crime Prevention: A new department
DMR services have recently introduced a new department, aimed at increasing the level of support and expertise available to our service users. The new Substance Misuse and Crime Prevention department, coordinated by Keisha Williamson, (BA Hons Applied Criminology) ensures DMR Services is able to further support our service users throughout our organisation; in particular the young people accommodated within our residential bail and remand and residential children homes provisions. The purpose of this department is to provide a service in which a team is able to help, advise and support our young people on issues surrounding substance misuse and crime.
The service aims to educate young people by providing engaging opportunities for them to learn and increase their knowledge and awareness on how the consequences of taking part in risky behaviour, may have a negative impact on their future.
The main aims within the department are to:
- To provide a service in which children and young people have the opportunity to improve their understanding on health and legal implication matters around substance misuse and crime.
- To reduce offending behaviour
- To promote pro-social behaviour
An example of a programme developed by our new Substance Misuse and Crime Prevention department is the ‘Full circle; tackling youth offending’ programme. The Full Circle programme has been developed to address research suggesting that a lack of information or understanding was often a factor in poor decision making around offending (Sunley, J. 2016).
By developing a programme that provides resources on topics such as; peer pressure, gang culture, child exploitation and anti-social behaviour; we believe we are creating further opportunities for our young people to improve their understanding and awareness; focusing on a range of behaviours that may lead to offending due to poor decision making.
We have an internal referral system in place for both substance misuse and crime prevention and an in-house multi-disciplinary team. As a result, we ensure that we have the resources and expertise available to direct where required, the appropriate response so that all of our young people receive the help they require.
The department works closely in collaboration with our Education department; ensuring education remains at the centre of our service delivery. With the team providing extensive one to one key work sessions as well as a range of interactive sessions, we hope to lead young people into a brighter future.
Our Managing Director said:
“Our decision to invest in this new department showcases our commitment to ensuring our young people have access to the right expertise and support when they require it. The new department plays a key role in our strategy to continue reducing offending and re-offending rates “.