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#InternationalMensDay: Helping to break the cycle of reoffending

18 November 2016

#InternationalMensDay: Helping to break the cycle of reoffending
Tomorrow (Saturday 19 November) is International Men’s Day, which highlights issues facing men including mental health problems, the need for positive male role models and encouraging them to consider careers that currently recruit low levels of men. Prospects supports boys and men of all ages to overcome their personal barriers and take steps towards work. 

95% of all prisoners in England and Wales are men (gov.uk). Prospects helps prisoners break the cycle of reoffending, providing education services for all young people in Feltham Young Offenders Institution. Prospects has increased the number of hours a young person in custody at Feltham spends in education each week to equip them with qualifications and skills to break the cycle of reoffending when they leave detention.

Prospects is also a prime provider of the National Careers Service In Custody offer in London, the South West, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. This service helps offenders in the resettlement phase to prepare for release and supports them ‘through the gate’. This includes moving into training, learning and jobs, which helps to end the reoffending cycle.

In Gloucestershire Prospects provides the Youth Support Team (YST) on behalf of the county council. The team works with approximately 6,000 vulnerable young people who are at risk of not making a successful transition into adulthood. The multi-disciplinary team comprises youth workers, family support, health and careers specialists working with police and probation officers, to deliver a number of statutory services. 

Great Expectations is an immersive experience of the justice system for young men with anti-social, reckless or inappropriate behaviour issues, facilitated by YST, Gloucester Constabulary, ex-offenders and prisoners. The first tier is a one day experience, where young men will be have a simulated arrest. They are collected by uniformed police in a marked vehicle, taken to a police cell, interviewed and then speak to real prisoners about their experiences. The second tier is for young men who may have already been arrested, who will have a mock trial with real magistrates and a visit to a prison. The custody visit will involve participants being processed as real prisoners, spending time in prisons cells and meeting real prisons. The third tier is an intense six week programme, where participants visit a prison, meet prisoners and topics are covered, including criminal behaviour, weapons, substance misuse and peer pressure.

For more information on Prospects work with offenders click here.

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