Circles UK recently hosted an on-line seminar to celebrate the successes of the ‘Completing the Circle’ project and the lessons arising from it. The ‘Completing the Circle’ project was an ambitious four-year programme which sought to end the ‘postcode lottery’ of access to the community safety and rehabilitative benefits of Circles. 

Read more: Celebrating the Completing the Circle Project: widening access to Circles for people convicted of sexual offences


On 25th November 2020 Circles UK hosted a seminar to launch the results of an in-depth, independent evaluation study undertaken by a research team at the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCMRU), Nottingham Trent University. The evaluation study captured the findings of a four-year project entitled ‘Completing the Circle: A Community Approach to Reducing Sexual Abuse.’ Over 100 participants attended the event, representing agencies and organisations from countries as far afield as Sweden, Canada, and New Zealand.


Read more: An Evaluation of the ‘Completing the Circle’ Project


Circles ReBoot

On 29th September 2020, Circles UK was delighted to launch online, an innovative new programme – Circles ReBoot. Over 100 professionals attended the event to learn about this new Circle targeted specifically at individuals who access Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) (indecent images of children).


With the Covid 19 pandemic, many Circles services that have traditionally been completed Face to Face are now delivered by telephone or video call. These calls can be a vital support and connection during a period when so many Core Members (CMs) are isolated and anxious. However, working with people remotely presents different challenges and usually requires a fresh approach if the interaction is to be optimised.

What did we do?

Circles UK commissioned The Geese Theatre Company to create a production which illustrated the journey of a sexual harm causer from prison to release and joining a Circle of Support and Accountability (Circles). Circles is a well proven effective intervention to help reduce sexual reoffending. Circles consist of 4-6 well trained and professionally supervised community volunteers who regularly meet with the person (the Core Member) to provide support and accountability as he / she reintegrates back into society. The production was first staged at the Circles UK AGM in November 2019 and attended by over 90 people. It was extremely positively received.

Adele Robinson and a team from Sky News, working with Circles UK and Circles Providers recently produced a sensitive and very informative documentary on Circles of Support and Accountability ( This evoked extremely positive responses from the public, so much so that Sky News decided to extend the viewing. What are the key messages that we can take away from this documentary?

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Criminal Justice Alliance Award - Outstanding Organisation 2019Circles UK receives the Criminal Justice Alliance ‘Outstanding Organisation’ award for 2019’
Criminal Justice Alliance Award - Outstanding Journalism 2019Sky News correspondent and presenter Adele Robinson receives the Criminal Justice Alliance ‘Outstanding Journalism’ award for 2019, for the documentary made about Circles 'Inside the Circle' - still available to watch HERE
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