Evaluation of Kairos WWT Prison In-reach and Post release Floating Support Service for women, Kairos Prison In-reach support

Geraldine Brady, Geraldine Brown

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Abstract

This report presents key findings of an evaluation of the Prison In-reach and
Floating Support project delivered by Kairos WWT. The evaluation was carried
out alongside the project delivery over a three-year period, between June 2015
and March 2018. The report details the evaluation framework, including the methodology, an overview of research participants and presents key themes
within the data collected, concluding with reflections and recommendations.

The purpose was to provide an independent evaluation of Kairos WWT Prison In-reach project at HMP Peterborough and Floating Support Service in the
community (Coventry). The Prison In-reach service involves a dedicated member of Kairos’ staff making monthly visits to HMP Peterborough, meeting with female
prisoners with a link to Coventry (pre or post sentence) and a history of/or vulnerability to sex working. On release support is provided by Kairos Floating Support Service, offering a brokering service for mainstream agencies, providing a member of staff to advocate on behalf of the women. This service aims to enable service users to access health care (physical, mental and sexual), welfare agencies, housing agencies, substance misuse services, legal advice and provisions for furthering education and training.
The evaluation evidences the work of this service that provides a link from prison to the community.
The aim of the evaluation was to:
.Examine the process by which the intervention is provided (including partnership working and training needs).
• Explore service users’ (women’s) experiences of engaging with the support provided by the prison in reach project.
• Identify the potential benefits associated with an intervention in a prison setting (and beyond) for service users, for prison staff, for HMP Peterborough, and other stakeholders
• Identify potential challenges to the provision of the Prison In-reach intervention in a prison setting for service users, for prison staff, for HMP Peterborough,
and other stakeholders
• Explore potential frameworks to evaluate service users experience, e.g. readiness for desistance, recovery
• Capture the perceptions of significant others/family on service users engagement with the intervention
• Consider the need for future provision of a prison inreach intervention with this client group
• Evaluate the benefits of linking the Prison In-reach service with the Post-prison Floating Support Service
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCoventry
PublisherCoventry University
Number of pages38
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018

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