The journey so far
Circles of Support and Accountability started out as a Mennonite church project in a town in Ontario, Canada, in 1994. Realising that a sex offender called Charlie was about to be released into the community, church volunteers formed a group to support him. The method soon expanded across Canada, where studies demonstrated a 70 per cent reduction in reoffending rates. The Quakers brought the approach to the UK in 2002 and since then 15 Circle projects have been established across the UK.
YHLCOSA is run by a team of professional and highly experienced staff, and has an active and informed Board of Trustees providing governance and financial oversight. We are quality assured and audited by Circles UK (http://www.circles-uk.org.uk/) on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.