Criminal Justice Our criminal justice services recognise that different things work for different people at different times. We see the person first, which means that we work with people to identify their needs and support them to bring about positive changes. Some of our criminal justice services include offender management, therapeutic victim services and routes into education, training & employment. Our Ethos At Shekinah we understand that desistance from offending is often a challenging journey that can be shaped by lapse and relapse. However we believe that given the right sort of support, encouragement and access to the right services people can move away from offending. Criminogenic Pathway Support Research shows that amongst other things the following needs are important in preventing offending and reoffending: Accommodation Employment Positive relationships with family and friends Finance / Employment Good mental and physical health Recovery from substance abuse In our two community and probation 'hubs' based in Plymouth and Torquay we provide offender management services and close partnership approaches which help to steer people away from criminality. As well as offering practical support we also build positive pro-social relationships with our criminal justice clients, recognising the importance of fostering a strong therapeutic alliance to support change. Trauma Informed All of our criminal justice services are trauma informed. This means that we understand trauma and offer an approach which avoids triggering trauma reactions by moving away from asking 'what is wrong with you', to 'what happened to you'. We regularly review our approaches, our environment and our services with all staff at Shekinah receiving training on trauma. An insider's perspective on the LCJB Blog Shekinah's Dr. Davina Cull has recently been appointed to the Local Criminal Justice Board. Until now the Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) has comprised representatives from the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Crown Prosecution Service, the Courts, Probation, Prisons, Youth Offending Team, the Legal Aid Agency and a criminal defence lawyer. But from August, Dr Davina Cull, Service Manager from restorative justice provider Make Amends and Heather Welch, Victim Service Manager from Victim Support, will join the board. They will represent the community, voluntary and social enterprise (CSVE) sector. Davina has decided to start a Blog to share her journey as she takes on this new role. To read the Blog click here.