Turning Point Scotland’s new Criminal Justice Tenancy Sustainment Service provides person-centred support for individuals involved in the criminal justice system by address housing needs, building skills for tenancy sustainment and developing approaches designed to promote desistance.

We work with adults 18 years and over, who are homeless and on statutory court orders who have identifiable support needs. Individuals must have at least 6 month’s remaining on their particular order at point of referral. We also accept referrals via Prison Casework Team for individuals who have already been housed in temporary accommodation but require more intensive support from our service. This particular group tend to have more complex needs.

Our service involves partnership working with Criminal Justice Social Work, Police Scotland, Scottish Prison Service and Homeless Casework Teams to support men and women in order to provide them with the necessary skills to achieve desistance, sustain a tenancy and enable them to reintegrate into the community utilising our TPS Citizenship model.

The key elements of the service are: Building resilience and developing core life skills; increasing choice and empowerment in housing decisions; building individual social capital and effective risk management.

We use a psychologically informed approach to build rapport and trust in order to encourage individuals to understand and address the underlying causes of their behaviours. We undertake a holistic, person-centred assessment using the Recovery Outcomes (RO) framework to build a picture of individual and community assets, family involvement and housing aspirations. Workers use pro-social role modelling, motivational interviewing techniques and a solution focused approaches to promote desistance and address issues such as drug and alcohol use and mental ill-health.