Covid-19 Update. 10/09/2020. We continue to offer appointments by video call. In-person appointments at our Leeds office are available as long as protective measures are followed. 

Safer Lives is an independent agency that is funded by our clients. We do not receive funds from central government, the Police or from charitable commissioners. The only exceptions are when we deliver training or consultancy, or when we are commissioned by local authorities to undertake work with families following assessment by an independent forensic psychologist.

INITIAL CONSULTATION (£60)

For men recently placed under investigation for sexual offences there can be a mixture of shock, shame and fear, which can be shared by their family members. For men in this situation we aim to offer support by:

  • Helping to stabilise the immediate welfare of the client

  • Providing information on the legal processes that are ahead

  • Providing insight and understanding to help address the client's transgressing behaviours

  • Providing initial support to family members.

For clients who are under police investigation, our support begins with a video or in-person consultation to provide initial support, advice and an understanding of the legal processes that are ahead. We explain what outcomes are possible, and how likely these outcomes may be in your case. We would usually conclude the consultation by offering you entry to the Safer Lives Programme. If you are not under investigation we will discuss what other individual support might benefit you.

THE SAFER LIVES PROGRAMME

Face-to-Face, Video and Phone Support - for people under investigation for sexual offences, and their families.

The Safer Lives Programme consists of five one-hour sessions - delivered currently through secure video calls or by face-to-face meetings at our Leeds office. The standard Safer Lives Programme sessions include:

 

  • Understanding your childhood and formative experiences, including any adversities

  • Understanding the influence that your transition to adulthood, your sexual and relationship history and other life events and stresses have on your behaviours

  • Understanding the needs, triggers and risks that have led contributed to your offending

  • Understanding sentencing and the criminal justice system

  • Moving forwards, and creating a safer future for you, your family and others.

 

There are variations to our standard programme for people under 18 (Young Person's Pathway), for people aged 18-25 (Transitions Pathway) and for people who have previous convictions or particularly complex needs (Extended Pathway - eight sessions). All programmes are adapted to individual needs whilst maintaining a core philosophy and structure that keeps to current understanding of effective practice in client care and 'risk-need-responsivity' principles.

Clients on the Safer Lives Programme will be offered a free consultation for a partner or family member(s).

A majority of our clients complete the Safer Lives Programme in the early stages of their investigations, leaving time for us to advise about the sequencing of other supports and services, if useful - for example relapse prevention work through Safer Lives, or signposting to other services such as counselling, addiction interventions or specialist psychological services. If you are in the latter stages of an investigation or court process, we can usually offer either the standard or a condensed version of the programme. 

Completion of the Safer Lives Programme results in a letter for the court. At an additional cost, this can be personalised to show what you have learned, what you have changed, and what you are still changing, so to prevent the behaviour occurring again.

 

To receive an information sheet about our services and fees, email us at info@saferlives.com 

 

The directors of Safer Lives (Jenny Greensmith and Andy Green) are ex-Probation Officers with specialisms and experience in addressing harmful sexual behaviours within the criminal justice system. Since 2014, as Safer Lives, we have been working with over 200 men per year, but despite these numbers you would find our support very individual, non-judgemental and insightful. We don't take money from the Home Office or any other government department, leaving us to focus solely on the needs of our clients. If you want to know more about our ethos and culture please read about us in this Yorkshire Evening Post article.

 

To read a newspaper article about our clients' experiences of being  under investigation, please click here. (Please note this will open new window/ page)

 

To receive an information sheet about our services and fees, email us at info@saferlives.com 

 

Or call us, to talk about your situation, on 0800 043 5987.

 

If we don't answer immediately, please leave a simple message on our voicemail and we will call you back as soon as we can.

 

Or leave a text on 0747 668 3012.

​For more information about Safer Lives and our experience, click here. Alternatively, email us at info@Saferlives.com for an information sheet including our fees.