During 1995, a review undertaken by Hampshire Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders and Hampshire Care Trust highlighted large areas of unmet need for offenders and young people at risk. The research identified the need for an agency, rooted in the criminal justice system, to support young people at risk of offending and those who had offended. It was agreed that an independent agency with multi-agency support was needed to develop partnerships aimed at initiating and managing innovative projects. In 1996, with set up funding received from Hampshire Probation Service, Hampshire Police Authority and Hampshire Social Services, Hampton Trust was established to bridge this gap.
Named after Gene Hampton who had been a well-respected Hampshire Magistrate, Chair of the Probation Committee and serving member of the National Parole Board, our key aims were to prevent young people entering the criminal justice system as well as to provide rehabilitative programmes to prevent reoffending. We pioneered programmes with young people leaving care and on bail, using restorative justice approaches and a range of social, educational programmes as an alternative to custodial sentences. With a gap in provision for adult domestic abuse perpetrators in the criminal justice system, we designed an intervention targeting individuals, court mandated to attend.
Delivering a broad range of award-winning services, our business strands include delivering early intervention/prevention programmes, domestic abuse and sexual violence interventions, criminal justice programmes and professional training. We continue to identify gaps in provision in the criminal justice arena and with domestic abuse perpetrators. To tackle the root cause of domestic abuse and criminality we must examine the complexities behind the behaviour, without which the cycle of offending will continue.
Please see below videos to illustrate some of our work.