3. Treatment and programmes

The treatment or programmes you get are intended to help with problems that led you to commit crime in the first place. They’re also to stop you committing more crime.

Programmes and treatment could be to help with:

  • any addictions you have, eg drugs
  • a mental health condition
  • getting new skills and qualifications 

Depending on the treatment or programme, it could involve:

  • counselling sessions - where you get support from a medical professional
  • drug testing
  • ‘accredited programmes’, such as anger management courses, to help with your behaviour
  • mental health treatment with a doctor or psychologist
  • improving your reading and writing
  • getting help with a job application
  • learning interview skills
  • meeting people who were affected by your offence, as part of a restorative justice programme

If you don’t complete a treatment or programme, or fail a drugs test, you could be sent back to court and your punishment could increase.