Change Grow Live – health and social care charity

Criminal justice services in the community

Individuals come into contact with our services in a variety of ways. Some may attend voluntarily: others are referred to us after being arrested for an offence linked to substance misuse, or when they are sentenced by a court to a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) or Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) order.

Whatever a person’s pathway into services, our aim is the same – to achieve positive changes for the individual and a reduction in crime within the community.

When people with a history of offending are referred to us, we work with them to deliver a range of intensive, community-based support, treatment and rehabilitation services to meet their individual needs and support their family and friends during their rehabilitation journey.

Drug Interventions Programme 

Change Grow Live (CGL) is one of the largest providers of Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) services in the UK. The aim of DIP is to encourage people, whose drug misuse drives their criminal activity, to engage in treatment and stop offending.

Working within police stations, probation offices, courts and prisons we seek to deliver the sentence of the court and support people into drug treatment. Services include assessment, care planning, outreach and assertive engagement to keep people committed to the treatment process.

We support people to take ownership of their ‘rehabilitation journey’ by identifying their own needs, strengths, motivations and values. We seek to empower people to acquire key rehabilitation skills, such as strength, wellbeing, resilience, personal and social responsibility and autonomy to help them deal with their problems and achieve their goals.

DIP services include:

  • One-to-one sessions focused on reducing offending
  • Advice and information on harm minimisation and overdose management
  • Referral for medically assisted recovery, detox and other medical support
  • Access to a range of specialist treatment services
  • Advocacy and support throughout the criminal justice journey
  • Support in accessing housing

We will also support people to address other issues such as benefits, debt, employment and training.

Arrest referral

Our arrest referral teams work with drug misusers in police custody and court cells, engaging them at the point of arrest and offering them fast track assessment, referral, prescribing and treatment.

Our workers talk to people arrested for trigger offences – such as testing positive for opiates and cocaine - and introduce them to the possibility of treatment and recovery. Together we decide on the most effective treatment option for their needs and support them to engage with treatment and other services.

Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR)

A DRR is a community sentence that requires offenders to attend a drug treatment programme, with regular drug testing, for between three to six months as an alternative to prison. These structured programmes include wide-ranging additional support services to help individuals to overcome the causes of their drug use and offending and rebuild their lives in the community.

Prolific and Priority Offenders

Prolific and Priority Offenders (PPOs) are people who commit the most crime and harm within communities. We work in partnership with the police, courts and probation service to target intensive engagement and interventions at PPOs to help divert and prevent them from reoffending.

We also work closely with Community Rehabilitation Companies (formerly Probation services) to manage the risk presented by those out on license and those who are identified as continuing to present an ongoing risk to the public.

Integrated Offender Management 

A number of change, grow, Iive’s criminal justice services are run as integrated services that bring together a range of partners to deliver a comprehensive and joined-up approach to reducing offending.

These services bring together DIP and PPO services and aim to deliver effective and sustained reductions in crime and re-conviction rates for some of the most problematic individuals who are deemed to have the most intensive needs.