7: Conclusions

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This final chapter draws together the main findings from the research, focusing particularly on those which relate to issues of effectiveness, both in the delivery of services and (as far as can be determined) outcomes, and highlighting possible implications for the future development of resettlement services.

A detailed study of the quality and integrity of the delivery of the FOR programme yielded encouraging results for all three sites. Levels of integrity were high and the tutors delivered the programme well. The programme was assessed by the researchers who observed it in action as coherent and systematically focused on motivation, with a robust design capable of accommodating different styles of facilitation. The necessary element of directiveness to maintain the engagement of the participants is supported by the structure and sequence of the programme.

Some practical difficulties arose with session 13, which is meant to be delivered as a group session but close to release: this, however, was often impractical as group members had different release dates. Some facilitators changed it to an individual session.

The programme appeared to be successful in stimulating individual prisoners to work on specific personal goals and to identify potential obstacles, and it was for the most part enthusiastically received and well understood by participants.

Interviews with staff and prisoners about the programme found broadly positive attitudes in both groups, and prisoners’ comments about what they learned from the programme were mostly in line with its aims. These findings tend to support its wider use in supporting resettlement work.

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