The programme is supporting the police, prison and probation services to work collaboratively with multi-agencies (e.g. social services, schools, housing, third sector etc.) across Wales so they can identify vulnerable people, intervene early and keep them out of the criminal justice system, break the generational cycle of crime and ultimately improve their lives. 

The programme is primarily doing this by training frontline police and criminal justice staff and giving them the knowledge and confidence they need to work with other partners and offer support to vulnerable people who have experienced trauma. 

90% of demand on police is complex welfare, public safety and vulnerability issues so they are well placed to intervene more effectively and reduce the impact of ACEs and trauma.

The police recognise that they can make a big difference, intervene early and create better outcomes for these vulnerable people. But they can’t do this alone. The police want to join up with all frontline services – prisons and probation, education, housing, social care, third sector, health – and work as a holistic system. 

Many men and women who are in prison or on probation may have experienced multiple traumas and have a range of complex needs, making them more vulnerable and increase the likelihood of them carrying out repeat offending behaviour.

It’s important those working with offenders have an awareness of ACEs and trauma-informed practice to help support the reform of those in the criminal justice system.

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