Evaluation of Sova's Lincolnshire Offender Mentoring scheme

Saunders, Gary and Jameson, Jill and Barr, Stuart and Giles, Laura and Norton, Phillippa and Mackenzie, Anna (2014) Evaluation of Sova's Lincolnshire Offender Mentoring scheme. Project Report. Sova.

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Abstract

In January 2014 a team of researchers from the University of Lincoln undertook an evaluation of Sova’s Lincolnshire Offender Mentoring Programme (LOM). LOM is run in partnership with Lincolnshire Probation Trust. LOM works to address the multiple barriers faced by disadvantaged offenders. The project offers community mentoring and a range of intervention activities that aim to enable its participants to realise their full potential and reduce re-offending. The researchers interviewed 12 participants, which included 6 LPT staff, 2 Sova staff, 2 mentors and 2 offenders. Despite LOM being in its infancy, the research found that Sova and LPT had developed an effective inter-agency partnership with excellent levels of communication. The research also found the LOM is valued by both LPT staff and offenders and that it helped improve the service offered to offenders. Whilst the sample size of the research is relatively small there was evidence to suggest that LPT staff and offenders thought LOM had a positive impact on offenders’ behaviour. The research concludes that LOM should continue to be supported and further extended to other suitable offenders who would clearly benefit from the programme.

Keywords:Probation; Mentoring; Student as Producer
Subjects:M Law > M250 Legal Practice
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:18941
Deposited On:07 Oct 2015 10:01

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