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Why Involve the Third Sector in Reducing Reoffending?

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The Robertson Trust is part of the Scottish Third Sector Research Forum which gathers evidence on the impact of the Third Sector.

On behalf of the Forum, the Trust has produced an evidence paper on the role that the third sector plays in reducing reoffending.

The paper identifies a number of unique and positive attributes that differentiates the third sector from the public and private sectors and makes it particularly effective at delivering services that reduce reoffending. These include:

  • it is value driven and characterised by a strong sense of ethics;
  • responsive to service users' needs;
  • is able to develop innovative approaches to working with offenders;
  • organisations have strong roots in local communities;
  • has a strong focus to partnership working and is able to bring different agencies together; and
  • it is commited to developing strong relationships with offenders built on mutual respect and trust.

The full paper is available to read here.