Delivering circles of support and accountability to protect communities from sexual harm and sexual reoffending


Jamie Stephenson

Appointed June 2022

Jamie Stephenson has had a varied and colourful range of paid employment since leaving school and becoming a probation officer in 2000, including an RSPCA Inspector, fisheries science technician, trainee farrier, farmer, animal rights campaigner, despatch rider, London bus driver and youth worker for the Prince’s Trust.

Jamie qualified as a probation officer in November 2000 and worked in various teams for Devon and Cornwall Probation Area between 1998 and 2007, including a three-year secondment to HMP Channings Wood.

He has worked in the public protection unit, managing offenders at multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) in the community , in the courts team and in case management and the programmes teams. Jamie has been a Home Office accredited facilitator on a number of community and prison based sex offender treatment programme.

Jamie was employed by the NSPCC (2007 to 2010) as a children’s services practitioner and his role included the assessment and treatment of convicted sexual offenders and non-convicted men where there were offences or allegations of sexual abuse. He was also the coordinator for the Devon and Cornwall Circles of Support and Accountability Project (COSA). This was a pilot two-year project funded through MAPPA coordinated four circles and recruited and trained in excess of 25 volunteers, many of them subsequently were involved in the circles set up in Exeter, Plymouth and Cambourne. Fortunately for Circles South West, many of these volunteers are still are involved with the project.

From September 2010 to December 2011, Jamie worked for Ahimsa Safer Families as an ‘expert’ risk assessor in the domestic violence and sexual abuse fields for the family courts.

Jamie returned to the probation service in December 2011 and worked as the court liaison officer in Plymouth on a half-time basis whilst being the Circles South West coordinator for Devon and Cornwall for the other half of his working week.

After becoming the full-time Coordinator for Devon and Cornwall in 2014 Jamie left for pastures new in 2021 before happily returning to us in 2022.

Jamie is a keen tennis player, saxophonist and hill walker.

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