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1 © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Aim for Change Ltd Family Care Centre Overview of Vision and Services 1v.1.0

2 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Prison Rules require prisons to actively encourage prisoners to maintain outside contacts and meaningful family ties. This is integral to the prisoners Right to Family Life as well as their rehabilitation. Visits are seen as crucial to sustaining relationships with close relatives, partners and friends, where appropriate, and help prisoners maintain links with the community. PSI 16/ v.1.0

3 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Introduction Families of prisoners are vulnerable to financial instability, poverty and debt, also housing disruption, high rates of depression (89% in one sample), physical illness and often the permanent break-up of the family. (Smith, Grimshaw, Romeo & Knapp, Poverty and disadvantage among prisoners families, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, 2007.) 65% of boys with an imprisoned father go on to offend. Parental imprisonment is also linked to antisocial behaviour, poor school performance and poor physical and mental health outcomes. (Murray & Farrington, 2008, Eects of parental imprisonment on children. In M Tonry (Ed.), Crime and Justice: a review of research (Vol 37, pp ). University of Chicago Press, Chicago, quoted in Naomi Clewett and Jane Glover, Suporting Prisoners Families, Barnardos, 2009.) Preliminary figures from HMP Doncasters Families First initiative suggest that prisoners who stay in touch with their families are six times less likely to reoffend than those who dont. (Debbie Hall in Custodial Review, accessed 7th April 2011) 3 v.1.0

4 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Vision To support the families of serving prisoners according to best- practice models. To support prisoners in sustaining and building relationships with their partners and families. To work with a range of organisations to provide ongoing support to ex-prisoners following their release from custody. This will be subsidised through opening franchise coffee outlets in the visits centre. 4 v.1.0

5 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Aims To: Provide clear, courteous and accessible first- point communication for visitors to the establishment; Provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment for visits and family interactions; Provide support for partners and children of offenders; Facilitate local community involvement where appropriate. 5v.1.0

6 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited First-point of communication with families Clear, jargon-free communication. Booking and information system with free phone and Web access, linked to the P-NOMIS system. Information literature includes: Assisted travel schemes A wide range of services and facilities in and outside the prison Drugs helpline Public transport timetables Accessibility will be essential: Multiple access points, including phone, Web and print available in the languages spoken by most visitors. Possibility of touch-screen information points at key locations. 6v.1.0

7 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Maintaining Communication In order to meet the needs of all visitors to the prison, we will: Create a visitors forum where issues related to the service can be raised, and ideas voiced. One particular early issue will be the role of a potential family- support worker based in the Family Care Centre. Monitor the needs of visitors to the prison to ensure the most effective provision over time. This will also enable us to build statistical information in order to track visitors needs and evaluate our own performance. Liaise with closely with prison management and staff, particularly in the areas of Resettlement and Security. 7v.1.0

8 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Communication & Evaluation We will use the methodology designed by Lucy de las Casas et al for evaluating the relationships of prisoners with their families. Measuring Together – Improving prisoners family ties, New Philanthropy Capital, April This will involve regular surveys of visitors and prisoners. We will also widen this to survey staff and incorporate data on regime compliance etc. 8v.1.0

9 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited A Safe and Secure Environment – 1 The usual Visits experience … Very visibly geared to security - control of the identity and movement of prisoners and visitors; ease of observation and access by staff; the prevention of contraband. Usually hard places with bolted steel and plastic furniture and loud acoustics. Sometimes there is a slightly softer enhanced area; sometimes a crèche facility, often not staffed or well equipped. Young children are often present - main preoccupation is control. Experience often stressful; often relationships fail. A family-hostile environment. 9v.1.0

10 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited A Safe, Secure and Comfortable Environment – 2 We propose a different approach within the existing constraints of the regime. A café ambience. Enhanced visits area with flexible seating. Fewer tables generally. A staffed crèche and guided, structured activities for children. Baby feeding and changing facilities. In some circumstances, the opportunity for fathers and children to play together. 10v.1.0

11 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Family and Relationship Support We can make several services available to prisoners and their partners. Family days. Some families will be happy to enjoy each-others company, but where it is needed, we will make appropriate and structured family-centred activities available. We will also offer themed days, including: Birthday parties etc. Homework club. Dad & Son activities. Sports days. We will offer a while-you-wait photo service. 11 v.1.0

12 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Additional Support Services - 1 In conjunction with other agencies, we can offer a wide range of additional services, including: Debt and financial advice and counselling. Anger management. Marriage and relationship guidance. Positive parenting. These will be accessible in a variety of ways. Family Support Team, experienced in multi-agency working. Courses and workshops run regularly. Some of these will be available for families outside the prison. 12v.1.0

13 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Additional Support Services – 2 The Family Care Centre based in Visits is in a unique position to bridge the gap between the prison and the wider community. This opens the possibility of working with Resettlement, Probation and other support agencies to provide through-care support when prisoners are released. These might include: Mentoring A family-support team Accommodation Assistance with employment, education and training. 13 v.1.0

14 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited NOMS Pathways - 1 When the project is mature, we will be able to address all of the key pathways identified by NOMS to reduce the risk of re- offending: 1.Accommodation: (phase 3) through links with external agencies. 2.Education, Health & Employment: (phase 3) though liaison with existing provision in the establishment; through our own programmes and in conjunction with local agencies. 3.Health: (phase 2) through courses and workshops run though the Family Care Centre and outside the prison. 4.Drugs & Alcohol: (phase 2) though linking with existing CARATS work, also through courses and workshops run in the Family Care Centre and outside the prison. 14 v.1.0

15 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited NOMS Pathways – 2 5.Finance, Benefits & Debt: (phase 2 & 3) as above, also through linking with local Third Sector agencies such as Credit Unions. 6.Children & Families: (phase 1) primary function of the Centre – delivered through routine operation. 7.Attitudes, Thinking & Behaviour: (phase 1-3) primary function of the Centre: delivered through all of the above. 15 v.1.0

16 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Other Services Aim for Change Ltd has been offering offending behaviour and safer custody interventions since We can make these programmes available in the context of Visits or through a different department of the prison: Aim to Change – victim awareness course Creative Interventions bespoke multimedia workshops to produce audio resources, for example for: Induction; anti- bullying; self-harm. Phoenix workshop for first-time prisoners. Motivational Seminars: poor copers; pre-release; victims of bullying. 16v.1.0

17 Family Care Centre © 2011 Aim for Change Limited Contact Us Aim for Change Ltd The Bethel Tape Street Cheadle Staffordshire ST10 1BG v.1.0


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