|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2009)|
The Central Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society (Incorporated) was formed in December 1924. It was renamed the National Association of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Societies (Incorporated) in October 1960, and the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO) in March 1966. It developed into the biggest criminal justice-related charity in England and Wales and in the 1970s and 1980s it became involved in policy discussions with the British Government, particularly with the Home Office, which has responsibility for prisons and probation services. Since 2011, its strategy has focused on extending its high-level influence at government level, with commissioners, policy makers and practitioners, and increasing its partnership work.
In 1999 the organisation officially became Nacro, the crime reduction charity.
Reduce crime, change lives "By reducing crime we change lives, and by changing lives we reduce crime."
Nacro, the crime reduction charity, is dedicated to reducing crime and reoffending in communities across England and Wales. It designs and delivers programmes that aim to equip people with the skills, advice, attitude and support they need to move their lives on and move away from crime.
Its services include:
- Housing: Nacro helps offenders to find somewhere to live and to develop independent living skills, helping them to foster the know-how and stability they need to bring about lasting change in their lives.
- Education and training: Nacro provides pre-vocational and vocational programmes, problem-solving courses and employment preparation programmes for people who are stuck and can’t see a way forward. It is also a provider of the government’s Study Programme.
- Substance misuse: our services combine a dual focus on the individual and the community, offering interventions to people so they can not only recover from drug or alcohol dependence but also start to contribute actively and positively to the community.
- Offender management: we work with offenders in the courts, in prisons and in the community, managing the offender journey in a way designed to minimise the risk of reoffending.
- A dedicated national helpline and online service providing advice and support on resettlement matters to offenders, their families and practitioners such as finding somewhere to live, getting a job and dealing with the disclosure of a criminal record.
- Working with employers, helping them to recruit safely, assess risk and manage the recruitment and retention of staff with criminal convictions.
We also use our knowledge of what works to reduce crime to help inform policy and shape practice. In line with this, we work closely with government and public and private sector partners, using our experience on the ground to establish and pilot the best ways of reducing crime in local neighbourhoods.
Nacro is also a regular contributor to government consultations and important debates on key subjects in the criminal justice sector.
Nacro's headquarters are in south London.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Patron of Nacro. The President is Lord Dholakia, and the Chair is Matthew Litobarski, former President, Global Supply Chain, Cadbury Schweppes plc and volunteer mentor for Trail-Blazers.
The Acting Chief Executive is Graham Beech, formerly of Reo Red and Catch22.
- Nacro's Charity Commission page
- “Education vital to stop offending”. Education Magazine, Edition 1, 2014
- 16 to 19 study programmes: work experience. Department for Education, 7 October 2013 Ref: DFE-00210-2013, PDF, 251KB, 19 pages
- Recovery Near You programme. recoverynearyou.org.uk
- “New guide produced to help young people with convictions access employment”. Business In The Community. 10 March 2014.
- ”A new deal on criminal records”. The Guardian, 10 March 2014.
- Beyond Youth Custody programme. beyondyouthcustody.net
- Nacro's Response to the Ministry of Justice's Proposals to Toughen up Community Sentences "Nacro's Response to the Ministry of Justice's Proposals to Toughen up Community Sentences". Community Justice Portal. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
- Catalogue of the Nacro archives, held at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick