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DISC: Back to you – It works

Principal focus of the project

The focus was to develop an innovative programme (Engage) to address the sector-wide problem of engagement and progression for ex-offenders with substance misuse and social exclusion issues. Specifically:

Reduce Reoffending behaviour of persistent, prolific offenders (PPO) 
Provide a support network for offenders serving less than 12 month prison sentences for when they are released into the community 
Engage offenders in positive activities to support independence and increase opportunities for social inclusion. 
Provide best practice in engaging the hardest to help clients with offending history and share with other local providers of education, training and employment initiatives.
Develop transition and progression pathways for offender groups.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

The programme comprised a number of elements including participant selection criteria and processes; early engagement on release; a range of therapies and training; building formal and informal relationships. Follow up evaluations with service users (sample of 24) indicated improvments in employment status and very low levels of reoffending. Data was gathered from interviews/surveys. 

Resource form
Number of participants who worked with the project
50-100
Learners
1
Organisations
2-5
Staff
Name of associate programmes

LSIS Flexibility and Innovation Fund

Summary

The project developed an innovative programme to address the problem of engagement and progression for ex-offenders with substance misuse and social exclusion issues. 

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