Community Remedy was introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
It is a tool to give victims a say in the out of court punishment of offenders for low level crime and anti-social behaviour.
Following feedback from a public consultation by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in March 2014, options were identified and agreed for victims to show how they would like an offender to be dealt with.
One of the options was targeted interventions. Targeted interventions can be used to assist the offender address any issues they may have to overcome.
The Fairbridge Programme has been identified as one of these interventions. Fairbridge is a five day programme for 16 – 25 year olds. It offers one to one support and group activities to help young people stabilise their lives and build skills to move forward and plan for a better future.
The aim of the programme as part of the Community Remedy process is to help young people understand and manage their behaviour to ensure re-offending does not take place in future.
The Fairbridge Programme has been supporting young people across Teesside since 2000. It has a proven record of helping marginalised and disengaged young people overcome a number of issues and barriers in life.
Eighty five per cent 85% of young people referred to the Fairbridge Programme went on to positive steps or outcomes including increased self esteem and access to a wider network of opportunities.
To monitor success, a report will be required (as per grant agreement) following each young person completing the five day programme.
It will include information around the young persons progress and any future identified needs.