Workshop day planned for spring 2017

Workshop day: Implementing inter-agency working across the health, social care and criminal justice sectors for people with learning disabilities who have, or are alleged to have sexually offended

Preliminary findings from the current project indicate that consistency in service provision outside the treatment room during and after treatment is a key factor that determines whether programs result in lasting change. This is best achieved through joined-up working between different agencies across the criminal justice, health and social care sectors, which was also a recommendation arising from the Bradley Report (2009). It is high on NHS England’s Transforming Care agenda and they are due to publish a new forensic strategy in spring 2017.

The Leeds Social Sciences Institute has provided additional funding for Andrea Hollomotz to organize an event jointly with Jenny Talbot (Prison Reform Trust), Clare Hughes (National Autistic Society) and Ellie Gordon (NHS England). It will take place in spring 2017 and brings together key decision makers and front-line practitioners from across these sectors to explore practical strategies for joined-up working through the lens of service provision for people with learning disabilities who have, or are alleged to have sexually offended. It is therefore an opportunity to focus specifically on the issues that need to be considered when designing services for this group. The types of organisations we wish to target include the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, NHS England, the National Policing College, the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Company representatives and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Phase 1 fieldwork

The phase 1 interviews are progressing well. Thus far, Andrea has spoken to 12 program architects in the UK, USA, Switzerland and Germany. These respondents commented on a total of five different programs, which occur in very different contexts. Three are community based psychological outreach services, one is prison based and a further program runs within a forensic inpatient setting. The next step will be to summarise the mechanisms through which the programs are intended to work, as viewed from the perspective of the program architects.

First fieldwork trip to Switzerland

This February Andrea has spent two weeks participating in the working day at Forio in Switzerland. She attended altogether four staff meetings, observed ten group and two individual treatment sessions, as well as a ‘risk cycle’ meeting. She visited two institutions, which work with Forio clients and spent many hours in informal discussions with Forio staff.