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This interactive session will present Forward's new Theory of Change and how an integrated approach that supports health and well-being, substance misuse, relationships, employment and housing together contribute to long-term recovery and rehabilitation.

The session will include examples of different service interventions, case studies, discussion of key drivers of change' (instilling belief and hope, peer role-models, setting out clear and practical steps for lasting change, and establishing networks of support and approaches to capturing evidence of impact.

There will also be an opportunity to interact with subject experts from Forward's operations team, providing real insight on what works in engaging and developing people's potential to move forward in their lives.

The Forward Trust (formerly the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) supports over 16,000 people every year to break the cycle of crime and addiction, working in both prisons and in the community.

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  1. 1. The Theory of Change Carwyn Gravell, Julie Muir, Andy Logan, Andy Williams, Ian Barnett 9th May 2018
  2. 2. Forward today 16,000 service users across England Working in 18 prisons and 10 community hubs 410 employees – 34% with lived experience “I completed the programme in 2008 at HMP Send and was released in 2014. Since then, I’ve opened my own business and become a mother. Forward has given me more opportunities than I ever could have imagines and they are still here for me, still supporting me”. Former Forward client
  3. 3. Our Theory of Change Enablers • Belief in change - For anyone, whatever their past • Peer role models - Living proof that change is possible • Clear progression pathways - Incremental steps towards lasting change • Networks of support - Providing positive encouragement and affirmation
  4. 4. The problem Our reach & impact Drug & alcohol recovery 55% of prisoners have committed crimes related to drug use 15,000 clients seen every year Reoffending costs the public £15 billion each year “I never thought it would be possible to change my ways of crime and addiction. But I now live free from drugs, alcohol and crime in a beautiful flat, with a full time job and a girlfriend. I feel so positive about my future”. Former Forward client 65% reduction in the volume of crime 18% lower re- offending rate 76% of ex-offenders with addiction problems re- offend within 1 year
  5. 5. The problem Our reach & impact Health & wellbeing Range of new interventions delivered in prison including IAPT 25% reduction in severity of symptoms of anxiety 50% reduction in severity of symptoms of depression 71% of prison clients present with mental health symptoms “Because of the meditation and things I’ve learnt, like the breathing technique, helps in managing the negative thoughts and feelings”. Former Forward client A prisoner commits suicide every 3 days Substance dependent offenders with depression are 9% more likely to re-offend
  6. 6. The problem Our reach & impact Connections We now support over 3,000 clients to improve their relationships Prisoners who receive family visits are 39% less likely to re-offend “I can’t believe how much the family service has helped me. It’s given me the tools I need to stay strong, as well as to support my husband in his recovery”. Former Forward client 40% of prisoners say support from family would stop re- offending 88,000 children have a parent in prison. Only 1 in 3 prisoners are supported to maintain family ties
  7. 7. The problem Our achievements Employment services 75% of prisoners have no job on release 2,000 ex-offenders and people in recovery employed 23% reduction in re-offending 43% move directly into permanent jobs Ex offenders and people in recovery are the two groups organisations are least likely to employ 15% of prisoners have never worked legally “Being at Blue Sky helped my become more confident and made it easier to integrate back into society and support my growing family.” Former Forward client
  8. 8. Our achievements 2,000 ex-offenders and people in recovery employed 23% reduction in re-offending 43% move directly into permanent jobs
  9. 9. Our Theory of Change
  10. 10. Our Theory of Change
  11. 11. The Theory of Change Expert Panel