Working with ex-offenders: A Social Return on
Support, Treatment, Accommodation and Recovery in Suffolk
(STARS), is a unique service which started as a pilot in 2008 and
has expanded significantly since. STARS provides targeted
intervention for people with complex needs, including significant
offending and substance misuse histories.
We work very closely in partnership with the police, treatment
providers and local stakeholders to manage risk, while offering
continuous ‘wrap-around’ support to each individual to help them
break the cycle of reoffending. This means we offer support around
housing, health, relationships, emotional support and a wide range
of areas that vary from person to person. Key to our success has
been our active policy of employee colleagues with lived
experience, who now make up 40% of the team.
To measure the impact of the STARS service on the wider
community, we commissioned an independent research company,
Envoy Partnership, to
conduct a Social Return on Investment (SROI). An SROI measures the
social value created as a result of the STARS interventions. The
evaluation showed that for every £1 invested by the local
authority, STARS creates around £4.80 of social value.
You can read a summary of the SROI
report, or contact us for a copy of the