Making a differenceworking with BAME families Dena Tyler – Community Links Manager HMP The Mount NeenaSamota – Coalition for Racial Justice (UK)
About this workshop • Background • Policy framework • Practice - working with BAME prisoners and their families • Discussion
CRJ (UK) research • What do prisoners’ families from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups understand about resettlement? • What do families of BAME offenders understand about the resettlement process? • What is currently available to them by way of support and whether this is relevant to their needs?
Engagement – a family perspective • Support at earlier stages in the criminal justice process • Co-ordinate intervention on domestic violence • Family involvement in sentence planning • Strategic training on the problems that affect BAME families • More engagement with invisible minority groups • Prison environment and family visits • Support for BAME families in the community • Offender families’ support networks • Involving prisoners’ families support groups in implementing change.
What families said “Individuals and their family members have to be more pro-active rather than expecting something to happen on release” Source: Nacro Race Review Visitor Survey
What families said “If he needs counselling it will be good to have that information so we can seek that support and it is ready before he comes out. We need the time to prepare for that.” Source: Nacro Race Review Visitor Survey
Community engagement • BAME Agency conference 2010 • Subsequent development of BAME services • Barriers • Future challenges
Bame conference 2010 • Wide representation from statutory, voluntary sector and private sector • Employment and Training • Housing • Through the gate mentoring service • Family support agencies • The 12-month challenge • Nacro prison partnership for community engagement
Developing services • Follow-up conference 2011 • AfPF Hidden Sentence training • Pre-school Alliance support for families • LAT black self-development programme • YamusJuntos support for Latin American prisoners • Southside Partnership peer support training • Voluntary work placements for prisoners on ROTL • Work with the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) • Development of toolkit for BAME prisoners returning to the community • Sentence Management Unit survey of prisoners’ families
Potential Barriers • Funding • Community engagement post • Timing • Family involvement • Leadership • Economic and political environment
Future challenges – a discussion • How to develop engagement with BAME prisoners’ families? • How to encourage and support better involvement of BAME families in sentence planning? • What more is required to understand family relationships within a cultural/religious context? How will you use that information to improve family ties and define positive outcomes for BAME families?