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Custody Intervention Service

About the Service

The Custody Intervention Service supports men and women from the age of 18 who are entering custody, often for the first time, who have been identified as having low mental health, as well as drug and alcohol issues that have led them to be vulnerably housed or street homeless and at risk of re-offending.

What Can We Help With?

We provide our clients with:

  • Support to access suitable accommodation if they’re vulnerably housed or homeless, and we ensure tenancy responsibilities are being met (rent, utilities, cleaning, reporting repairs, being a good neighbour etc.)
  • Intensive support to engage with health services and GP’s, including primary and secondary Mental Health Services.
  • Intensive support to abstain from drugs and alcohol, alongside working with recovery services.
  • Support to gain meaningful employment alongside any training and education if required.
  • Development of independent living skills.

Who Is This Service For?

The service is for men and women, aged 18 and above, who have entered custody and have been identified as vulnerable and at risk of re-offending or receiving a custodial sentence.

We’re able to support clients over the Buckinghamshire area with a focus on Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

How Do We Work?

Our Support Workers will link in with Thames Valley Police Custody Suite and the Liaison and Diversion Teams to identify vulnerable men and women who are at risk of entering, or who are already in, the Criminal Justice System.

Our Support Workers are trained in a wide range of housing issues and support techniques, and have an extensive knowledge of available services, all of which will be used to engage clients in supporting them to make positive changes to their lives. The client remains at the centre of the support that the Custody Intervention Service provides, with the support team adopting personalised and trauma informed approach with each individual.

We work in partnership with many statutory and non-statutory organisations across Buckinghamshire, and we encourage our clients to engage with these so they’re able to get the most appropriate support to improve their outcomes and wellbeing. In addition to this, we provide many support pathway services within Buckinghamshire; all of which will further support the client’s journey as they work towards their goals.

The service is funded by the Buckinghamshire Community Safety Board.

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