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


Winter Lecture considers Circles of Support and Accountability, 25 years on

We are very grateful to Dr Kieran McCartan, Professor of Criminology at the University of the West of England, for presenting his annual Winter Lecture on 29th February 2020 to our Circle Volunteers.

The lecture examined existing international research on Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) in order to theoretically define it and highlighted how CoSA fits into the prevention framework and how it responds holistically to desistence through a recovery capital model. Kieran talked about how CoSA is rooted in a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency person centred approach to reduce sexual offending at an individual and community level.

Volunteers were quick to praise the lecture and said it helped them in a number of ways to gain new insight into their work with circles. They also added that it helped them discover new ideas to use when working in their circles.

The Winter Lecture is part of our annual programme of Volunteer Training and Development.

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