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Custody Link Project

What we do

Our link workers engage with people who are taken into Police custody. Using a wide range of contacts with services across Highland the link workers offer support to help them to identify actions, access support and assistance to reduce the risks of reoffending, enhance their quality of life and improve their life chances.

While the project does not deliver advocacy, support or advice itself, it focuses on assisting someone to access existing services with trained professionals from across the public, private and Third Sectors. 

Other Support

We also support organisations and community groups to understand the needs and opportunities connected to supporting people with experience of custody. It will also look to mould existing services to better suit people with experience of being in custody and where required to develop new ways of working and new services.

The project works with people from across the whole of Highland and is based at the Inverness custody suite in Burnett Road Police Station. The project employs a manager and two link workers.

“We work with someone on an individual basis, helping them to identify what they feel they would like to change or address within their personal lives and then support them into accessing activities and services which will help that person to achieve their goals.’”

Persons in custody who match any of the following categories are offered a referral to the project:

  • Women 18 years of age and over

  • Anyone aged 18 to 26 years

  • First instance of custody

  • Second instance of custody in 6 months

The Highland Custody Link Project is a partnership between Police Scotland, The Highland Third Sector Interface and the Highland Community Justice Partnership. The three year project is funded by National Lottery, Robertson Trust, Highland Community Justice Partnership and Police Scotland. The project is externally evaluated by the University of Stirling.

For urgent help the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, the National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline Scotland is 0800 027 1234, for Police Scotland call 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies. Help on all of these numbers is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

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Meet the Team

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Project Manager

Alan Grant

Custody Link Worker 

Rachel Brown

Gemma Cooper

Custody Link Worker 

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Project Profile

Project Title:

Highland Custody Link Project

 

Purpose of project:

The Link Workers help individuals who have been in police custody to identify aspects of their life which are placing them at risk of offending and returning to custody. We help them to identify actions, access support and assistance to reduce those risks. Being in custody can be a period of self-reflection and learning and we believe it is an optimum time to engage with otherwise hard to reach individuals.

 

Goal:

  • Enhance the quality of life and improve the life chances for those we work with

  • Support organisations and community groups to understand the needs and opportunities connected to supporting people with experience of custody

  • Mould existing services to better suit people with experience of being in custody and where required to develop new ways of working and new services.

How you do this work:

The project works with people from across the whole of Highland and is based at the Inverness custody centre in Burnett Road Police Station. The project is externally evaluated by the University of Stirling. While the project does not deliver advocacy, support, or advice itself, it focuses on assisting someone to access existing services with trained professionals from across the public, private and third sectors.

 

The custody Link workers take time to understand the individual who is referred and accepts the support of the project.  They do so in a non-judgemental way ensuring that the individual is listened to and that what they want is really understood. The individual and their link worker build up an understanding of what that person wants and the realistic steps or actions that that person can take to achieve that. The Link Worker will facilitate, accompany, remind, and rearrange appointments or access to services as necessary to support that person in achieving their aspirations.

If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact:

Email: clink@highlandtsi.org.uk

Mobile: 07510 210 002 (office hours)

Text (free): 07520 635 124