Yorkshire, Humberside & Lincolnshire Circles of Support & Accountability

Description Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire Circles of Support and Accountability is a community response to sexual harm, working in partnership with criminal justice agencies. We aim to reduce the risk of future sexual harm by supporting and holding to account those who have acknowledged their sexually harmful thoughts or potential to offend (known as Core Members) and who are committed to safely leading responsible, non-harmful, productive lives. The main objectives of each Circle are to:
  • Ensure that there will be No More Victims of sexual offending
  • Hold the Core Member responsible and accountable for his or her actions
  • Reduce isolation and encourage re-integration into the community
With our Circles of volunteers as our "magic ingredient" we aim to reduce the risk of future sexual harm by supporting and holding to account those who have acknowledged their sexually harmful thoughts, or potential to offend, and who are committed to safely leading responsible, non-harmful and productive lives and making our vision of 'No More Victims' a reality. Circles are looking for committed people who are willing to be trained as volunteers. We are looking for people who are emotionally mature and empathic, and who are prepared to support the core member whilst holding them accountable for their behaviour. A volunteer needs to be emotionally resilient, and able to maintain firm boundaries. They need to be able to cope emotionally with the challenges of working within complex situations. A Circle consists of four to six volunteers, initially meeting on a weekly basis as a group with the Core Member; Circles usually last for about a year. Volunteers receive training and ongoing support and supervision to enable them, in turn, to support and appropriately hold to account the Core Member. We are looking for people who are emotionally mature, empathetic and prepared to support the Core Member whilst holding them accountable for their behaviour. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life. Practical Considerations:
  • All volunteers will meet informally with a member of staff following their application.
  • Applicants take part in a two-day training course. The training is designed so that volunteers feel confident to support the core member, as well as be able to recognise and respond to inappropriate behaviour and hold them to account.
  • All travel costs incurred whilst volunteering will be refunded in full.
  • Volunteers are subject to a DBS check.
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Organisation Characteristics: Paid Workers, Takes long-term volunteers
Geographical area: Regional
Has documents: Constitution or other governing document
Information last updated: 4th May 2017