Building Bridges Project launched on Monday 5th June.

We are pleased to announce the launch of Building Bridges, the Oxfordshire Housing Project for Offenders and their Families. This is a small pilot project, funded through the Oxfordshire Offender Housing Liaison Project, at the heart of which is the proposition that an offender’s family, where appropriate, could be the key to meeting the accommodation needs of offenders in Oxfordshire.  We will specifically target  the needs of offenders returning to Oxfordshire being released from custody (HMP Bullingdon only for the pilot period) and Oxfordshire offenders seeking to engage with family and return home.

The core approach will be the use of Family Group Conferencing (FGC). An FGC is a restorative approach, a meeting of the extended family network and friends together with those working professionally and directly with the family. It is essentially a decision-making and planning meeting which will take place in order to address the issue of the homelessness of the offender. The process requires a very thorough preparation period (typically 4 – 6 weeks) with the offender and all participants, a full family meeting (the FGC itself) and a review/follow-up meeting held 6 – 12 weeks after the initial FGC to monitor progress made with the plan and to address outstanding issues.  The key desired outcome using this FGC/family mediation approach will be to enable the offender, with support, to return home to their family. It will work with a small number of cases (15 maximum with 6 FGCs) over the next twelve months.

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