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  1. The YSS Experience Offender Mental Health

  2. YSS • YSS has over 25 years experience of working with people who have offended and designing and developing innovate services to support them • YSS works with over 2,000 people (children and adults) a year who have offended are who at high risk of offending or committing ant-social behaviour

  3. YSS Currently Commissioned by; • West Mercia Probation Trust • West Mercia YOS • West Mercia Police • Staffs & West Midlands Probation Trust • Ministry of Justice • Department of Work and Pensions • Shropshire Council • Worcestershire County Council

  4. YSS Commissioned by: • Lloyds TSB Foundation • Barrow Cadbury Trust • Multiple grant making trusts • ESF • YSS Previously commissioned by; • The Home Office • Youth Justice Board • National Probation Directorate • National Offender Management Service • NOMS Co-financers

  5. YSS Criminal Justice Services (Youth) • Prevention from Offending programmes • Mentoring • Positive Activities • Targeted Youth Support • Volunteer Appropriate Adult Service • Bail Information and Support • Reparation Services • Specified Activities • Intensive Supervision and Surveillance • Intensive Resettlement Service • Junior Attendance Centre support

  6. YSS Criminal Justice Services (Adult) • Conditional Cautioning (Restorative Justice) • Intensive Control and Change Programme (18-20 year olds) • ACCLAIM (Intensive Supervision PPO project) • Pathways programme • Enhanced Support for Supervision (ESS) • Non Statutory Support for IOM (NSS) • Intensive Volunteer mentoring for PPO/IOM • Supporting Compliance programme(those at risk of breach) • ETE (Employment/Training/Education)wide range of services including vocational training, enhanced work programme, job clubs, personal development, work preparation, employer mentoring and 1-2-1 support

  7. YSS Adult Criminal Justice Services Continued • Short Sentenced prisoners ‘through the gate’ (Connect) • Transition 2 Adulthood (T2A) • Bradley Mental Health project • AIM partnership (Family Support) • Accommodation Support Mentoring • Senior Attendance Centre (18 – 24 years) • Good Stuff - Social Enterprise (Café and Furniture) • Care Farming @ The Fold CIC • 1 Step Beyond strategy

  8. YSS Experiences • Mild to moderate mental health issues and learning difficulties • Identified through longer term interventions • Typically depression, stress, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorder • Multiple sub-threshold needs in terms of mental health in addition to other 7 pathways • Double disadvantaged – health inequality and difficulty to access services

  9. YSS Experiences • Complex needs and chaotic lifestyles • Inability to articulate concerns and to navigate the system • Low aspirations – services intimidating • No voice to shape and influence services • Professional language needs interpreting between mental health and criminal justice practitioners • Professionals ‘wary’ of each system • Mental Health practitioners concerned re offenders

  10. YSS Experiences • Opportunity with new commissioning landscape within Mental Health and Criminal Justice • Ability to access preventative services that could support a decreased likelihood of further offending • Particularly with young adults who are in a revolving door – in and out of the criminal justice system – lessons from T2A

  11. YSS Bradley Mental Health Project • Through support from Lloyds TSB Foundation YSS has employed 3 part time senior mental health workers • Sit alongside intensive support teams • Offer screening, advice, informationand brokerage to services and train staff/vols • Ability to speak the right language, to knock on the right doors, to navigate the system and make referrals • Needs to be mainstreamed in 2014

  12. YSS – Further development • Through 1 Step Beyond want to create a volunteer counselling service with local partners • Has been piloted small scale in Worcester • Offered on an outreach basis with flexible times • Provides a bridge whilst awaiting professional services and introduces/prepares offenders for accessing these services