As it says on their Web site (Circles UK), "Circles of Support and Accountability are an innovative and successful community contribution to reducing sex offending, working in close partnership with criminal justice agencies." This is an admirable initiative which has been actively supported by Quakers in Britain and elsewhere.
See, in particular, the page for Circles South West. Unfortunately, this has not been as active as would be desirable. But hope continues. A recent message to a trained Friend said: "We are still trying to attain a position of adequate financial security to restart in Devon and Cornwall and expand across the South West region. Hopefully, 2012 will be a successful year for Circles South West!"
Regional Co-ordinator, Circles South West
c/o Dorset Probation Trust
7 Madeira Road
Circles of Support and Accountability, which aim to reduce the risk of offending behaviour by ex-prisoners, particularly those who offended against children, is working in Devon and Cornwall through the good offices of the NSPCC and the Home Office. Jamie Stephenson of the NSPCC gave a talk about the project at Devon Area Meeting on 8 November 2008 at Totnes. The first assessment and training day was held in Plymouth on 26/27 November 2008. An introductory talk was given at St Austell Friends Meeting House on Saturday 7 March, followed by another training day. Friends and Attenders in both counties have completed the course and Circles are being formed. For further information ring the NSPCC, tel: 01752 235120.
Alan Ray-Jones, 26 April 2009.