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Achieving Compliance and Engagement (ACE)

A pilot scheme which aims to reduce the rate of fixed term recalls by offering a structured, intervention-focused alternative.

Adult men | East London

The pilot aims to reduce the rate of Fixed Term Recalls (FTRs) as a result of non-compliance with licence conditions in London by offering a structured, intervention-focused service as an alternative to a FTR. This will be achieved through identifying prison leavers who are high risk of being recalled through recognising factors which are indicative of poor engagement and delivering early interventions to support future compliance. Those identified will be provided with support in custody and in the community and will be offered a structured alternative to a FTR.

The service will work with two cohorts of male Prison Leavers:

  • Cohort One: at risk of recall due to non-compliance with licence conditions
  • Cohort Two: at risk of recall upon release from London Prisons into target resettlement boroughs

What is the rationale behind the service?

  • Non-compliance with licence conditions is the primary reason for recall – with most Prison Leavers re-entering custody for breaches unrelated to increased risk of harm.
  • Evidence gathered by the Behavioural Insights Team indicates that most recalls occur within 30 days of being released – this suggests a failure to provide enough support around meeting the needs of those who are at risk of recall, both prior to and following release.
  • FTRs often lack a rehabilitative focus to address the root causes of non-compliance and can often contribute to the breakdown in relationships between People on Probation and those in positions of authority thus increasing the potential of an escalation in crime.
  • There is a huge cost attached to FTRs -the Behavioural Insights Team estimate that each 14-day FTR costs around £1,300.

What will the service offer?

  • A structured programme of rehabilitative activities which will be provided Through the Gate and/or in community. This will be an intensive, structured offering that will be tailored to the individual’s needs.
  • There will be a strong focus on using strengths-based assessment of needs and identification of goals using a process whereby the service users are required to have an input and buy into the assessment and goal setting process.
  • The interventions will be designed to improve compliance with licence conditions through person-centred support, tailored interventions (pro-criminal attitude; consequential thinking; attitude towards probation/authority; understanding community licence; impact of negative relationships/offending behaviour etc.), mediation and advocacy.
  • Each individual will have a designated Single Point of Contact and our front line practitioners will be adopting a trauma-informed approach to service delivery as well as providing advocacy into statutory/community support.
  • Individuals will be supported by their case worker to build networks and repair relationships both with family support networks as well as with professionals and statutory organisations such as Probation.
  • The service will be using positive communication messaging – which involves using the nudge theory, framed messages and innovative forms of positive communication.

Who are we working with to deliver the Pilot?

    • MOPAC are the research and analysis lead for the pilot. They are responsible for driving data collection, analysing data and measuring outcomes.
    • London Probation Service will be hosting a Systems Change Lead who will be supporting and overseeing system change learning/delivery; linking with other local commissioners; and working closely with stakeholders to support engagement with the pilot at all levels.
    • HMPPS London Prisons Group are supporting with the mobilisation of the project alongside the Probation Service and will be supporting systems change and implementation across London prisons.
    • Public Service Design Practice is an award-winning design practice who have experience of working with statutory, third sector and corporate partners. Their role is to co-create a framework with Prison Leavers and those with lived experience to ensure that there is a service user voice that is considered throughout all aspects of the pilot and is embedded in the service delivery.
    • HMP Thameside are supporting the initial mobilisation and implementation of the pilot.

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Men are identified as being suitable for this service through a bespoke criteria and assessment tool which has been developed specifically for this service.

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