Court/pre-prison - liaison and diversion
The court process can be confusing and overwhelming for the families and carers of people with mental illness. We provide two court-based Community Advice and Support Services in Plymouth, Bodmin and Truro. We provide advice and support in courts to offenders and their families to aid resettlement and reintegration, with the aim of reducing offending. Our support is integral to the successful operating of Community Justice courts in Plymouth, taking a problem-solving approach and working in partnership with designated police and probation officers. We ensure that families and partners of prisoners are assisted at the point of sentence so they understand more about the court and prison systems and are better able to keep in touch. We continue to work with offenders afterwards, providing an open door and signposting people to other support services.
Find more information on our liaison and diversion services.
Talking therapies in prison
Based upon our reputation for delivering community based talking therapies, we have recently begun delivering talking therapies within the prison system. We are now the largest provider of primary care psychological therapy services in the country, after the NHS. We are delivering services across five prisons in Doncaster and two prisons in Wakefield.
We believe that everyone should have the right level of treatment depending on their need. We use a stepped care approach but tailored to individual service needs.
Find more information on our talking therapies in prisons.
Since April 2011 we have worked in HMP Nottingham with Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust to provide personalised resettlement support for offenders with an identified mental health need who are leaving prison after a sentence of less than a year. By providing a consistent source of support, which short-term offenders with mental health needs currently lack, we improve offenders’ social and psychological outcomes as well as reduce reoffending rates.
This group of people “fall through the net” of statutory service because they do not qualify for support from the probation service and are not tracked through prison by mental health services. Once released from prison this group is very vulnerable to a further decline in their mental health and/or a high likelihood of reoffending.
The resettlement workers are supervised by the NHS outreach worker based in the prison (within existing NHS provision). Prisoners identified as having a mental health problem on reception to the prison are immediately linked with the resettlement workers. The team supports the person throughout their sentence, advocating (in a non-technical sense) on their behalf in the community for the necessary support prior to release.
Find more information on our resettlement services.
If you would like advice about a criminal justice issue then you can contact our Senior Criminal Justice Issues Officer. They can give you expert advice about all stages of the criminal justice system. They can advise you about arrest, going to court, sentencing, going to hospital, being in prison, and leaving prison. This is open to people in the criminal justice system, family, friends or professionals. You can call for advice on 0300 5000 927 or email on email@example.com