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Forgotten Families Sex Offenders’ Relatives 26 March 2014. Working with sex offenders HMP Whatton Emma Wilkinson. Working with sexual offenders. Emma Wilkinson – Forensic Psychologist in Training HMP Whatton. Overview:.

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Forgotten families sex offenders relatives 26 march 2014

Forgotten Families

Sex Offenders’ Relatives

26 March 2014

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Forgotten families sex offenders relatives 26 march 2014

Working with sex offenders

HMP Whatton

Emma Wilkinson

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Working with sexual offenders

Working with sexual offenders

Emma Wilkinson – Forensic Psychologist in Training

HMP Whatton

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Overview
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
Living Skills Programmes

  • Thinking Skills Programme (TSP)

  • RESOLVE

  • Healthy Relationships Programme (HRP)

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


In brief
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
Sex Offender Treatment Programmes (SOTP)

  • Core SOTP

  • Extended SOTP

  • Healthy Sex Programme

  • Becoming New Me

  • Adapted Better Lives Booster

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


In brief1
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
Examples of work…

  • Coping diary or learning log

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Forgotten families sex offenders relatives 26 march 2014

Support Spider

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Forgotten families sex offenders relatives 26 march 2014

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

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Prisoners work
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
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
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
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
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


Forgotten families sex offenders relatives 26 march 2014

Thank you!

Emma.Wilkinson@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk


Forgotten families sex offenders relatives 26 march 2014

Working with sex offenders

HMP Whatton

Emma Wilkinson

March 2014 www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk