Enforcement, rehabilitation and public protection
West Mercia Probation Trust and YSS, a local charity, signed a unique Strategic Partnership agreement in November 2010. The partnership, called 'One Step Beyond', uses the skills, capacity and resources of both organisations to maximum effect. Its aim is to deliver better outcomes for offenders, their families and the wider community across West Mercia and help to reduce re-offending.
Find out more about our Strategic Partnership projects
We have recently set up a new partnership agreement with Willowdene Farm in Shropshire to deliver a Specified Activity Requirement (SAR) called Care Farm Skills Training. It is aimed at offenders at high risk of re-offending.
Find out more about Willowdene Farm
Find out more about the Care Farm Skills Training Programme
We work in partnership with other statutory agencies in the criminal justice system such as the Police, Courts, the Prison Service and CPS. We also work with agencies outside of the criminal justice system such as Local Authorities, housing providers and health services. For example, our alcohol and drug treatment interventions are offered through partnership agencies which vary across the area.
We work with other agencies from within the criminal justice system and more widely to manage high risk offenders living in the community. This is done through our Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and our Integrated Offender Management approach.
Asha Women's Centre in Worcester is a women only one-stop-shop which aims to help disadvantaged women access resources that will help them address their problems and improve their lives. Particular emphasis is on the take up of provision for education, training, employment, healthcare, drug and alcohol abuse. Women offenders subject to probation supervision are referred to Asha.
We have developed a Post Graduate Certificate in partnership with the University of Worcester called 'Enhancing Professional Practice: Working with Offenders'. This is a professional development programme for practitioners working with offenders.