6: Organisational and implementation issues

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This penultimate chapter presents findings and raises issues arising from the organisational structures and arrangements surrounding the implementation of the Phase 2 Resettlement Pathfinders and the delivery of the FOR programme. It begins with a look at organisational issues, then outlines the main stages of prisoners’ progress, from recruitment and assessment to post-release follow-up. Throughout, particular attention will be paid to any obstacles to the effective delivery of the interventions.

Between 7 October 2002 and 31 July 2003, regular visits were made to each of the three sites to observe various FOR sessions. Interviews were undertaken with the treatment managers and tutors, designed to elicit information about staff training and supervision, recruitment and assessment procedures and interviewees’ experiences of delivering the programme. The questionnaires covered the following areas:

  • the nature of pre-release work carried out with the prisoners;

  • the integration of the FOR programme within the prison, with particular reference to linkage with in-house services;

  • the mechanisms for ensuring that the prisoners receive adequate post-release support following their release into the community.

In addition, systematic analysis was undertaken of all relevant documentation, including quarterly monitoring forms, case management records and OASys and CRIME-PICS II assessments.

We begin by briefly presenting the main findings on each of the following organisational issues:

  • management and staffing;

  • staff training;

  • facilities;

  • relationships with prison management;

  • relationships with prison staff; links with prison services;

  • recruitment of offenders to the programme.

A lack of permanent, dedicated FOR staff was a problem for both Lewes and Hull at various stages throughout the programme. While staffing problems were overcome

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