- Intensive Supervision & Surveillance Programme
ISS (formerly ISSP) works with the 3% of persistent and prolific young
offenders who commit 25% of youth crime. The Programme seeks
lasting change for young people and their families, in the
belief that reduction of offending will be more successful
if opportunities to overcome existing disadvantages are
offered and supported.
ISS’s innovative Youth
Advocate approach uses ‘ordinary people with extraordinary
skills’, drawn from local communities, who provide
support to young people and their families 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week. As part of ISS young people
undertake reparative activities, restoring the costs of crime and reintegrating
them back into the community.
ISS - National Model
The Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme
(ISS) is the most rigorous non-custodial intervention
available for young offenders. As its name suggests, it
combines unprecedented levels of community-based surveillance
with a comprehensive and sustained focus on tackling the
factors that contribute to the young person's offending
behaviour. (from the YJB Website)
The scheme targets the most active repeat young offenders
and also those who commit the most serious crimes. The
main aims of the programme are to:
- reduce the frequency and seriousness of offending
in the target groups;
- tackle the underlying needs of offenders which
give rise to offending, with a particular emphasis on
education and training;
- provide reassurance to communities through
close surveillance backed up by rigorous enforcement.
ISSP Cookery Project
May 2008, the ISSP ‘Skills for Life’ project received national
recognition from the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Howard League recognise outstanding community programmes that
help reduce the seriousness and frequency of offending. The
‘skills for life’ cooking project won one of the top three
awards as a ‘scheme of outstanding merit’. Young people on the
programme build up a portfolio of evidence, demonstrating
academic and practical evidence of their work, which includes
selecting a recipe, researching the culture of the country of
origin of the meal, purchasing the food and cooking the meal,
which is usually taken home to their family. Young people are
encouraged to buy their food from the most economic source
including local markets. The project started in South Tyneside
but now runs across the 3 areas. Food made is either taken home
to the family or distributed to local community centres.
Sexton the current ISSP manager said “We are delighted that the
project has been recognised with this award, it’s a tremendous
project and all the credit must go to the hard work and
dedication of the staff involved. Besides gaining practical
skills, young people learn about budgeting, hygiene and health
and safety and gain confidence and self-esteem, family
relationships have been much improved. The project co-ordinator,
Claire Amans was presented with the Award by Baroness Linklatter
at the House of Lords, Claire has been involved in the Skills
for Life project for 5 years, studied Home Economics and has
completed relevant Health and Hygiene and Risk Assessment
training to enable her to develop the project. The project has
succeeded in engaging some of the most challenging young
offenders and Claire’s work has had a really positive effect.
This all contributes to reducing their offending.
ISSP Moving On Programme
In 2006 ISSP and Helix Arts developed a partnership to deliver
the Moving On Programme, the pilot programme focused on new
media art, producing a number of paintings, some of which
are displayed in a Community Cottage in Doxford Park, to
compliment re-decoration work also undertaken by Young
See the details of this years Moving On Programme here >> ( pdf
ISSP New Direction Project
2007, the ISSP ‘New Direction’ project received national
recognition from the Howard League for Penal Reform, winning one
of their top three awards as a ‘scheme of outstanding merit’.
This Project has succeeded in engaging some of the most
challenging young offenders in developing work skills (Painting
Decorating, Plastering and Tiling), many of the young people on
ISSP have little or no education training or employment in place
and have often been excluded from or truanted from school. The
project coordinator, Andy Lamb, is a time-served qualified
Painter and Decorator by trade This project was an introduction
to the world of Vocational Education, Training and Employment (ETE).
Opportunities were sought to deliver Community based work and
Andy and the Young offenders embarked on a series of large-scale
decorating projects, some extending up to six months.
As well as delivering high quality
work benefiting the community and teaching the Young People
skills to secure employment, the project has enabled Andy to
build effective working relationships with the Young People,
develop their interpersonal skills, build confidence, enhance
self-esteem and introduce concepts of victim awareness. Young
people on the project are accredited with their work towards the
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. The project goes from strength
to strength. A woman’s centre, including crèche and a number of
community buildings have been re-decorated, both internally and
part of the New Direction Project, between
September 2006 and March 2007, young people on ISSP
decorated a house in Jarrow that was in need of major internal
cosmetic work. This involved them stripping, repapering and
painting walls, painting ceilings, doors, doorframes and skirting
boards. The house was completed to a first class standard!
The house belonged to a family who were going to pass it on
to their daughter, Louise, when she came out of hospital following
treatment for liver cancer for the second time in her life.
Louise was also coping with the daily struggle of using a synthetic
limb as a result of losing a leg to meningitis when she was
three years old.
Sadly, Louise died of liver cancer at the age of 27 before
she could enjoy the newly decorated house and the family decided
to sell it. However, they were extremely appreciative of the
work that had been done and in recognition gave a donation to
a hospice in Jarrow. The Youth Offending Service passes on deepest
sympathies to the family and thanks them wholeheartedly for
helping us to help them.
|© 2012 Sunderland City Council
||Published : 02/09/2010