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Forgotten Families

Sex Offenders’ Relatives

26 March 2014

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Working with sex offenders

HMP Whatton

Emma Wilkinson

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Working with sexual offenders

Emma Wilkinson – Forensic Psychologist in Training

HMP Whatton

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Overview:

  • To introduce programmes available to sexual offenders at HMP Whatton

  • The role of families in helping to manage risk

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Living Skills Programmes

  • Thinking Skills Programme (TSP)

  • RESOLVE

  • Healthy Relationships Programme (HRP)

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


In brief:

  • Address issues with:

    • Problem solving

    • Relationships and inter-personal skills

    • Aggression and violence (reactive or instrumental

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Sex Offender Treatment Programmes (SOTP)

  • Core SOTP

  • Extended SOTP

  • Healthy Sex Programme

  • Becoming New Me

  • Adapted Better Lives Booster

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In brief:

  • Enables offenders to:

    • Develop insight into problematic thinking patterns and feelings that have driven offending

    • Increase empathy

    • Set ongoing goals and practice using skills to manage risk factors more effectively

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Examples of work…

  • Coping diary or learning log

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Support Spider

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  • Sexual thoughts diary

OK

Not OK?

T – if you had a sexual thought

F – if you had a sexual feeling

B – if you actually did something

sexual i.e. a behaviour

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Prisoners work

  • New Me Role Plays – what are they?

  • Progress log

  • Product pack

  • These are given to prisoners and they are able to share them with families

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Family involvement in prison

  • Generally don’t work directly with families

  • BUT…families are invited to attend post programme reviews

  • Families are encouraged to show an interest in treatment and progress

  • Support network – offenders are encouraged to develop their family support and share risk management plans

  • Discussions regarding the level of knowledge by families and appropriate support

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


The role of families out of prison

  • Difficulties in knowing how to support offenders

  • Review work with them

  • Open communication with Offender Manager

  • Be aware of warning signs and encourage use of skills

  • Encourage autonomy and use of other support

  • Consider what is helpful and what shouldn’t be ignored

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Collusion and denial…

  • Some families may believe innocence or have similar unhelpful thoughts

  • Shame and guilt can be a barrier to effectively engaging in treatment

  • Encouraging families to support treatment and progress so they are not in a position to be accused of similar offences in the future

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Take home messages

  • Families play an important role in support for offenders both in and out of prison

  • They can play an important part in the management of risk

  • There may be some issues regarding limitations to support and knowledge and these gaps should be bridged

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Thank you!

[email protected]

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Working with sex offenders

HMP Whatton

Emma Wilkinson

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


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