HMP Thameside Offender Management and Resettlement
Support for Category B adult male prisoners through to release and resettlement in the community
Catch22 provides Offender Management services and support for adult male prisoners from entry to prison right through to their transition back into community life. Support is aimed at improving each prisoner’s prospects on release – from accessing education and training to addressing criminogenic needs – and is prioritised according to sentence length, risk level and complexity of need.
All prisoners are seen within their first 72 hours of arriving into custody and their needs are assessed to see how each individual can be supported. Sentenced prisoners are allocated a Case Manager who provides end to end management. They participate in direct work with prisoners to aid their successful transition to a training establishment and/or to an offending free future in the community.
Case Managers coordinate, monitor, review and deliver sentence plans aiming to address and reduce the prisoner’s risk of serious harm and risk of re-offending. Case Managers are responsible for completing risk assessments that contribute towards processes such as Home Detention Curfew (HDC), Recall, Parole, Bail, Categorisation and Allocation (OCA) and Public Protection Monitoring.
Case Managers work in collaboration with various different agencies and alongside Catch22 Resettlement Workers also based in HMP Thameside. Resettlement Workers deliver and access interventions that support rehabilitation, working with both mainstream and specialist providers. These may include housing advice, support in sustaining positive relationships, linking with prison industries to match skills with the local job market, finding employment following release and addressing finance, benefit and debt issues.
The HMP Thameside Gangs Service supports the management of prison environments by reducing the risk posed by gang involved prisoners. Our approach focuses on rehabilitation and offering alternatives to the status and safety provided by gangs, which has been shown to be more effective than the suppression-only approaches used in many prisons.
The service is delivered by Gang Practitioners with expertise and knowledge in gang involvement and the context of gangs in the community. Gang Practitioners investigate and identify the specific nature and impact of gang involvement within the establishment and design targeted interventions informed by local context. The Gang Practitioners provide a point of contact within the prison, establishing ongoing intelligence gathering and information sharing arrangements, both internally and externally to the establishment adopting a multi-disciplinary approach.
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For full details about the scheme, and online application, go to: www.gov.uk/help-with-prison-visits
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