What are the responsibilities of the partners?

Knowsley Council, Merseyside Police and Probation services will take the lead role for the delivery of the overall project activity including piloting the management system and Life Change programme.  Knowsley Council will oversee the timely delivery of the project by way of a quarterly Project Delivery board meeting. This meeting will monitor risks to the project, monitor financial expenditure, ensure that the key milestones of the project are met and ensure partner accountability.

The trans-national partners will each host action learning sets and they will share the experiences that they have learnt within the reducing reoffending field which will shape the overall programme of activity. The action learning sets will focus on what processes they have to tackle reducing reoffending rates: for example, how does the Safety House concept work in The Hague – what has worked well, what has not worked, what results are they seeing; how can Knowsley incorporate the best practice in to the delivery of what is being proposed?

European Research Institute, Italy will pilot the Life Change programme in Year 2 of the project to test the key principles and see whether the programme is transferable across the EU. By taking this approach it will enable the findings from European Research Institute, Italy to be evaluated and shape the end of project training guidance which will be produced and shared to the wider EU community. By sharing these findings it will enable our project to be replicated across Europe and reach offenders who will not be participating in this pilot project.

MALS Merseyside, the Charity, will deliver, in partnership with Knowsley MBC, Merseyside Police and Probation services, the mentoring sessions and recruit, train and manage the volunteer mentors. They will also deliver the 8 week Life Change programmes and provide 24 hour support by managing the mentoring helpline.

Liverpool John Moores University will carry out a staged process review of the mentoring and delivery of the Life Change programme to measure the impact that this is having on reoffending rates. They will also facilitate the 6 transnational Action Learning Sets and develop best practice guidance based on the outcome of the multi agency meetings.