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Tackling Offending Behaviours

More than 500 people participate in courses hosted at our Programme Centre in central Manchester every week, while programmes are also delivered in Cheshire.

The programmes, which are accredited by the Ministry of Justice, help offenders to understand the reasons behind why they have committed their offences, and look at ways to stop them from repeating the behaviour.

A range of courses have also been developed that tackle offending behaviour.

Our programmes and courses are described below:

Programmes we deliver

Building Skills for Recovery

This course offers offenders a route out of drug dependency by promoting:

freedom from dependence on drugs or alcohol
prevention of drug-related deaths and blood-borne viruses
reduction in crime and reoffending
improvement in mental and physical health and wellbeing
improving relationships with family members, partners and friends.

Evidence from the evaluation of similar programmes shows it can lead to a reduction in the general reconviction rate of between 15 per cent to 20 per cent.


This programme is for offenders who have a history of and index offence of violence or threat to commit violence. It includes 21 group work sessions and four one-to-one sessions and aims to assist participants in:

developing their insight and awareness into violent attitudes and behaviours
managing and reducing participant’s impulsivity
identifying and challenging violent attitudes and beliefs
indentifying and challenging hostile thinking
enhancing and developing skills to manage emotions
developing and enhancing interpersonal skills
risk management and strengthening protective factors
increasing motivation and engagement.

Control of Violence for Angry Impulsive Drinkers

This programme is for male offenders who have committed a crime linked to violence or aggression after having drunk alcohol. The key outcomes this programme promotes include:

looking at how they think and feel and how this links to them becoming aggressive
learning ways to manage angry feelings
learning ways to control drinking
reducing the chance of getting into trouble through becoming violent or aggressive after drinking.

Drink Impaired Drivers

This programme is for offenders convicted of drink driving. The key outcomes promoted include:

developing knowledge about alcohol with regard to units and consumption
improving decision making
improving forward planning
changing attitudes to drink driving
improving ability to generate alternatives
knowing how to control thoughts, feelings and actions
improving self-confidence and motivation to change things that have led to offending
knowing what they have to do to solve problems using a step-by-step approach
improving knowledge of what has to be done to avoid driving after drinking
knowing what to do to prevent re-offending.

Building Better Relationships

Building Better Relationships (BBR) is a nationally accredited programme designed to reduce re-offending by adult male offenders convicted of violence committed against their partner. Building Better Relationships, based on group work, aims to:

helps offenders learn more about the types of behaviour that damage relationships
helps offenders to gain a better understanding of themselves
show offenders how their personal issues play a part in the violence they show to their partners
support offenders to discover their strengths and build on them to improve their relationships
helps offenders to develop their skills and learn new ones to overcome difficulties.

Thinking Skills Programme

This programme aims to prevent re-offending by getting participants to:

look at how they react to problems and other people
learn a new approach to the way they think and solve problems
stop offending
achieve goals.
This course consists of three key elements that promote self-control, problem solving and how to form positive relationships.

Courses we deliver in Cheshire and Greater Manchester

Improving Relationships - Supporting Change

The course is designed for individuals in relationships marked by high levels of conflict. It works with people who commit domestic abuse and encourages them to accept personal responsibility for their negative behaviour and builds on their determination to change.

Improving Relationships – Supporting Change is suitable as:

sentence in criminal courts
intervention for individuals referred via social services departments, general practitioners and more
self-referral by individuals concerned about their own behaviour
The course uses:

anger management
perspective taking
communication and conflict resolution
victim empathy
distress reduction.
The course recognises the patterns of negative behaviour that result from dysfunctional family dynamics and promotes attitudes and skills to help participants break these patterns of behaviour. 

New Directions

This course is for offenders who are relatively new to the criminal justice system and who would benefit from a short intervention. It teaches new skills and ways of coping with problems, such as:

improving the offender’s ability to recognise problems
finding out how to take the best decisions
learning about the impact and consequences of crime
raising awareness about the issues and feelings victims experience
deciding what changes need to be made to prevent re-offending
keeping out of crime in the future. 


This course is for offenders who have committed an acquisitive offence and focuses on individual responsibility, citizenship and attitudes to crime.  

Courses we deliver in Greater Manchester

Achieving Peaceful Solutions

Achieving Peaceful Solutions is a progamme that aims to unpick the main factors underling violent behaviour and teaches people to use alternative methods to resolve conflict.

The programme teaches new skills and ways of coping with problems, such as:

developing skills for managing unrealistic expectations about the behaviour of others
challenging any wider societal views or opinions which support the use of violence
developing the skills needed to manage conflict in a socially acceptable manner.
Achieving Peaceful Solutions is for offenders who pose a low to medium risk of harm and who have committed an offence that is violent or aggressive, including criminal damage and public order offences.


WISER is a course for women offenders and is based around a structured work group. It uses Cognitive Behavioural Theory and encourages offenders to examine why they have offended and motivates them to change.

The course teaches new skills and ways of coping with problems, such as:

challenging the beliefs, thoughts and values that contribute to offending
developing skills to better manage emotions and behaviours
developing confidence in decision-making so women can lead a more appropriate lifestyle
supporting the women in planning their own personal goals
supporting participants in identifying future risks and developing skills and strategies to deal with them.
The programme is usually accompanied by a six-month community order.

Courses we deliver in Cheshire

Alcohol Activity Requirement

This course is for offenders who have commited a crime in which alcohol consumption was a contributory factor. 

Compliance Activity Requirement

This course is for offenders who have breached their orders. The aim is to look at reasons why they have breached and to increase their motivation to comply with their order.  

Education, Employment and Training

Education, Employment and Training (ETE) is for offenders who have been assessed as having specific needs that could be developed.  

Promoting Human Dignity

The course is for offenders who have been convicted of a Hate Crime. It will usually form part of an order where supervision is also a requirement.  

Specified Activity for Female Empowerment

Specified Activity for Female Empowerment (SAFE) is for women offenders in Cheshire. A core part of the requirement is the delivery of the Positive programme which is tailored to suit individual need. Local partnerships are involved in SAFE’s delivery.