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Invisible Walls Wales

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A workshop from the Community Justice Cymru conference 2013.

A workshop from the Community Justice Cymru conference 2013.


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  • 1. Invisible Walls Wales Corin Morgan-Armstrong IWW Senior Manager Karen Rees IWW Children’s Services Manager
  • 2. Invisible Walls Core Aims •Reduce the risk of reoffending and returning to prison •Improve the quality of life for children and families of prisoners •Reduce the risk of intergenerational offending
  • 3. Invisible Walls Wales Overview •To engage with 20 families each year over 4 years •Funded by Big Lottery and focussed on the S. Wales area •To work in partnership with voluntary and statutory agencies •Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice undertaking research and evaluation of project over 4 year period •Built in replication model – hoped to be delivered in all prisoners in the UK in the long term
  • 4. Invisible Walls Wales staff  4 Family Integration Mentors within HMP Parc working directly with prisoner and family  Education, Training and Employment Officer and Substance Misuse worker, Consultant Social Worker  Barnardo’s team based in the community delivering a suite of services to prisoners and their families  YISP worker available to work directly with children effected by a parent in prison
  • 5. Referral Process •Internal and external referrals •Open Referral Forum attended by prison and community partners •Appropriate referrals identified and allocated a place on the IWW programme
  • 6. Services the prisonerin Parc can access: •MPACT •Family Man •Father’s Inside •Learning Together •Parenting for Dads •Baby Steps
  • 7. Services the family in the community can access: •Family Group Conferencing •Parenting programmes •Advocacy Support •VolunteerSupport •Youth Inclusion Support Programme •Gwalia
  • 8. Invisible Walls Wales Evaluation/Assessment Tools  Family Star – A tool for supporting and measuring change when carrying out direct 1:1 work with people  Crime Pics/Problem Inventory (prisoner only)  Goodman’s Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (parent and teacher) – A screening tool to assess emotional/behavioural difficulties in CYP  Self-report service-user questionnaires – To evaluate the impact of taking part in the process  Rickter Scale – A motivation and evaluation tool for CYP
  • 9. Overall Benefits forfamilies working with Invisible Walls Wales  Improved changes in family dynamics  A decrease in family problems  A greater sense of stability and social inclusion  Improved behaviour in children at home and in school  Father is family focused and motivated to complete resettlement plan
  • 10. Thank You Please pick up a leaflet and briefing/referral form Any enquiries: Karen.rees@barnardos.org.uk mary.cooke@uk.g4s.com