Structured Community Supervision

Structured Community Supervision teaches probation officers to use evidence-based practices to change the attitudes of individuals.

People who are supervised by probation officers trained in Structured Community Supervision have been found to reduce their rate of reoffending by 38%.

Structured Community Supervision has three principles:

  1. Risk: The levels of service a person receives should match their risk.
  2. Needs: The services they receive should address the causes of their criminal behaviour.
  3. Responsivity: Interventions should be responsive to the persons individual motivations, strengths and abilities and grounded in evidence-based tools.

BC Corrections has implemented Structured Community Supervision province-wide. Probation officers have been taught to use one-to-one intervention techniques to target the criminal thinking of medium and high-risk individuals in the community. They include:

  • Targeting attitudes
  • Building rapport
  • Leading by example (Also known as pro-social modelling)
  • Reinforcing cognitive behavioural techniques that influence change

Training also focuses on recognizing and addressing four factors that increase a person’s risk to reoffend. They are:

  • History of antisocial behaviour
  • Antisocial personality pattern
  • Antisocial attitudes
  • Antisocial friends and associates