Help for offenders

How to arrange counselling or brief interventions


To refer your client please see How to Refer 




FASS provides counselling and alcohol education interventions for individuals referred by Criminal Justice Services including Social Work, Court and HM Prison Services.

Interventions are provided in response to a condition of sentence imposed by a Court, or in instances where a supervising social worker considers action to address an alcohol-related problem a necessary course of action. We also accept referral of clients who wish to attend on a voluntary basis.


Alcohol counselling

Structured counselling assists clients to explore and resolve binge drinking or dependency; adopt practical relapse prevention strategies and skills; and address related issues including personal, social, health, employment and financial concerns.

Counselling specifically offers clients an opportunity to address any direct link between their use of alcohol and their offending.


Alcohol brief interventions including alcohol education

For individuals who experience difficulty relating to or engaging in counselling we provide structured brief intervention programmes.

These includes elements of discussion; personal reflection and responsibility; self-monitoring; examination of abstinence and safer drinking regimes; and setting personal goals.


Assessment and progress reporting

FASS provides a reporting service for Criminal Justice Services and Solicitors.

Our counsellors can provide assessment and progress reports for clients engaged in either counselling or alcohol education programmes. For more information, please telephone our office on 01592 206200.


A full range of service

Our services for clients from Criminal Justice Services include the following elements:

  • specialist alcohol assessment
  • care planning with the service user
  • working with significant others/family members
  • arrangements for management of alcohol withdrawals, pre and post detox support
  • exploration of deeper psychological/emotional/behavioural issues and problem solving
  • abstinence, controlled drinking and harm reduction regimes
  • cognitive-behavioural relapse prevention
  • alcohol education, brief interventions
  • report and record keeping
  • consultation with other professionals regarding client care




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