Health and health partnerships
St Giles Trust - supporting ex-offenders with 'hidden disabilities'
This case study looks at the support St Giles Trust provide to people in the Criminal Justice System with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities. ASD is a lifelong condition which affects how a person communicates and makes sense of the world around them. Several aspects of life in prison such as artificially lit wings, noise from prisoners and staff, and sudden changes to routine through lock-downs can all increase someone’s stress and the problematic behaviour which results from it. In addition, the stark contrast between the institutionalised environment of custody and the world outside when released can worsen a person with ASD’s condition and make it difficult for them to cope. Given that the condition shapes every aspect of an individual’s life, flexible and highly-tailored support is needed if they are to successfully desist from crime and rebuild their lives.
KeyRing - supporting offenders with learning disabilities (April 2016)
This case study focuses on KeyRing and one of their clients. The charity supports approximately 1,000 vulnerable people throughout England and Wales, a large number of which are people with learning difficulties in contact with the Criminal Justice System. An estimated 5 to 10% of the adult offender population has a learning disability, and many more people will have 'borderline' learning disabilities; a number that is disproportionately higher than the general population. KeyRing's aim is to improve the life chances of those they support and enable them to take control and responsibility for their lives so that they can reach their full potential.
Community Links: Changes - Support for women with complex needs and personality disorder in Yorkshire (May 2015)
This case study focuses on the Community Links ‘Changes’ project which supports women with personality disorder; a service currently funded by the local Clinical Commissioning Group. People with personality disorder can find learning from past experiences, and changing their behaviour to cope with life more effectively, more difficult than other people. This case study looks at the vital support they provide to clients, what it's like to work with this client group, how the project is funded, and a client's individual journey through the service.
Pecan: Moving On – Through the gate mentoring for young women in south east London (March 2015)
This case study follows one woman’s progress with a Pecan mentor, overcoming multiple health challenges and other barriers to set and achieve her own goals for her life. Pecan’s Moving On programme is a one-to-one mentoring service supporting women aged 18-25 through the transition from prison into the community, and for up to a year after their release. Women in contact with the Criminal Justice System suffer from significant health inequalities and other disadvantages, and to overcome these requires person-centred, gender-specific support which takes into account their individual needs, strengths and choices. Mentors can provide non-judgemental advice and guidance, foster women’s self-belief and problem-solving abilities, and ultimately support them in their rehabilitation and desistance from crime.
Sahir House: achieving outcomes for HIV positive clients (April 2014)
Sahir House is a HIV charity based in Liverpool operating across Merseyside and North Cheshire. They provide support, information and training for people and families living with or affected by HIV.
This case study highlights how successful partnerships with the health and care sector have enabled Sahir House to achieve positive outcomes for their clients.
Lancashire Women's Centres: Ensuring the best health outcomes for vulnerable women (April 2014)
Lancashire Women's Centres is a Clinks member operating 10 One Stop Shop centres for women in the community throughout Lancashire.
This case study, based on an interview with their CEO Sarah Swindley, outlines their experiences providing NHS-commissioned mental health services to improve health outcomes for the women they work with.