Accredited Programmes are nationally approved courses designed to tackle the root causes of offending. One, or more, can are included as conditions of your sentence, meaning they have to be completed or you will be taken back to court to receive a more serious sentence.
Each probation trust offers a variety of programmes, reflecting the fact that different crimes have different causes. They each use methods designed to reduce the risk of re-offending, based on research into what actually works best to help stop offending. The ideas, theories and research behind accredited programmes together make up the ‘What Works’ initiative.
Programmes are now a part of most community sentences. They measure your motivation and progress, and help decide what further work is needed to aid rehabilitation if necessary.
The programmes run in York and North Yorkshire are: