Since 2007, we have identified and responded to the specific needs of BAME and Muslim offenders/ex-offenders and their families. We were one of the first BAME led organisations nationally to address their needs, by developing and delivering holistic, culturally appropriate and specific support services, both inside prisons and in the community.
Out of this community based work, Arooj has developed an extensive range of practical/professional and academic knowledge of working with offenders and of the impact that involvement with the CJS can have upon their families and communities. This includes the development of Arooj’s unique three stage model of rehabilitation that is tailored to meet the resettlement and reintegration needs of Muslim offenders.
Our remit has since broadened and our current approach is based on achieving social justice for all our service users. Social justice is about identifying and attempting to address structural disadvantage, discrimination and inequality that exist within society. Our services now include supporting families of offenders and those affected by substance misuse and victims of hate-crime.