4 July 2014 - RELFECT - The multi-agency initiative to address the consequences of alcohol













Pictured: Representatives of each of the agencies involved in the initiative.

25 June 2014 saw the official launch of the REFLECT initiative at Burnley Fire Station.

The multi-agency initiative, involving Lancashire Police, Burnley Council, Lancashire Fire and Rescue and Inspire, aims to address alcohol related disorder in the Burnley area and reduce repeat offences of drunk and disorderly.  It also raises awareness of the danger of alcohol and the effect it has on the town and its public services.

REFLECT offers a restorative approach to offenders through the delivery of a multi-agency themed educational course. 

The hard-hitting course predominantly provides an insight into the consequences of an individual's behaviour where alcohol is the primary contributory factor.  This is done through case studies and the testimony of the professionals tasked with dealing with the  situation and the aftermath.  

It also offers advice on how an individual can consume alcohol in a way which is less damaging to themselves, their family and their community.

At the present time, REFLECT has one referral route which will be following arrest and detention within a custody office and is the final step of a conditional caution.

The course, which is already proving to be successful, also offers and insight in to the emergency resources available in the areas across the night time and weekend period; examples of first-hand experience in dealing with incidents where alcohol is the primary contributory factor and the legal aspects of alcohol consumption.

An agreement has now been reached with the Lancashire Police to deliver the project to all drunk and disorderly offenders throughout East Lancashire, with approximately 60 attendees per month. 

Paramedic Caroline Hargreaves, who is involved in the delivery the course said: "The project is excellent and I am delighted to be involved.   Alcohol related incidents undoubtedly put additional pressure on the ambulance service, and part of our contribution to the course demonstrates how dealing with avoidable incidents may delay in ambulance attending a genuine emergency."

A participant recently gave this feedback: Excellent, very educational and it has changed my views on alcohol and the way actions can be devastating to others.  I learned a great deal.  I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to learn about the services and how badly it affects others.

The findings from the project will be shared and used as evidence of good practice to inform the future development of a uniform Drunk and Disorderly Disposal across Lancashire.