Project information

Caledonia Youth Prison Project

The service is designed to help reduce reoffending rates amongst young people in custody by enabling them to maintain healthy relationships and improve their confidence and wellbeing.

April 2010 - March 2013

Charity information: Caledonia Youth

Caledonia Youth
  • Need

    Need

    Relationships and sexual health issues are more acute in the prison population than in general: HIV rates are 15 times higher. Fewer are married and divorce rates are higher. Government research indicates that prisoners who maintain healthy relationships are 20% less likely to reoffend. Experience in past relationships can be a significant factor in the pathway to offending, particularly for females: this has been corroborated by CY’s experience to date in delivering this service.

    Solution

    The service works with male and female prisoners aged under 25 and prisoners of any age who are parents. Using a combination of group and one-to-one support and education, the service addresses issues including relationships, risk-taking behaviour, assertiveness sills, STIs and contraception, sexuality and parenting. The combination of relationships and sexual health suppport is unique in Scottish prisons and has been developed in consultation with other agencies supporting prisoners.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved understanding and knowledge of sexual health, reproduction, contraceptives and STIs.

    Activities

    » We will work in group sessions covering the reproductive system, contraception and identification of causes and symptoms of STIS.
    » If required, we will work with participants on an individual basis to ensure outcome is met.

    Success will be when the individual shows an understanding of the reproductive system, can name common STIs and their symptoms, and is familiar with correct use of contraception.


    Aim 2

    Increased confidence to access appropriate relationship and sexual health services and support.

    Activities

    » We will work in group sessions covering sources of sexual health and relationships support in participants' local area.
    » If required, we will work with participants on an individual basis to ensure outcome is met.

    Success will be when the individual can identify and describe relevant sources of support and identify situations where they might be needed.


    Aim 3

    Development of skills to make informed choices about their personal and sexual relationships.

    Activities

    » We will work in group sessions covering attitudes and values, communication and responsibilities.

    Success will be when the individual can identify healthy and unhealthy relationships and develop communication and negotiation skills.


    Aim 4

    Development of skills to make informed choices to reduce risk-taking behaviour.

    Activities

    » We will work in group sessions covering risk-taking factors and the consequences of isk-taking behaviour

    Success will be when the individual can identify: responsibilities in a sexual relationship; factors which will increase the chance of sexual risk-taking and the consequences.


    Aim 5

    Development of skills to improve emotional wellbeing

    Activities

    » We will work in group sessions covering self-worth, assertiveness and confidence.
    » If required, we will work with participants on an individual basis to ensure outcome is met.

    Success will be when the individual can describe: the importance of self-worth; positive ways to channel emotions and identify how their emotional wellbeing affects others.


  • Impact

    Impact

    It is hoped that in the longer term, re-offending rates will be reduced through the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. Because this could take years to fully evaluate, we have set short-medium term outcomes. We are currently looking at ways of monitoring the longer term effects in consultation with other agencies working on throughcare.

    Risk

    There is a risk that the service could be seen as duplicating provision from other agencies working in prison.Cy works closely with the Scottish Prison Service and other voluntary agencies to ensure that the service maintains its unique, holistic approach.

    Reporting

    Data and anecdotal evidence are collated and made available monthly,quarterly and annually.
    A full progress report is produced every six months.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £285,957

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      Amount Heading Description
      £267,882 Salaries/oncosts Salaries for three project workers
      £18,075 Resources Educational Resources, office supplies, IT

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Robertson Trust £45,000 Guaranteed
    Henry Smith Charity £95,000 Guaranteed
    LankellyChase Foundation £45,000 Guaranteed
    Charles Hayward Foundation £20,000 Guaranteed
    Christina Mary Hendrie Trust £7,500 Guaranteed
    Albert Hunt Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The service is delivered across Scotland, in four prisons/Young Offender Institutions: HMPs Greenock and Edinburgh, HMP/YOI Cornton Vale and HMYOI Polmont.

    Beneficiaries

    The service is open to all prisoners under 25 and those of any age who are parents or carers.Most have been exposed to alcohol or drug abuse from an early age. Many have been subjected to domestic, sexual or emotional abuse.Most have difficulty in sustaining healthy realtionships with partners, children and families.
    Indirect beneficiaries are the partners, families and children of the prisoners, and ,ultimately the wider community, which will benefit from reduced re-offending.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Caledonia Youth has a strong track record in delivering effective services to marginalised young people, particularly those in custody. This project has been running since 2007, and has strengthened our credentials in the sector. We have been invited to work with Baranardo's, The Robertson Trust and other agencies on complementary initiatives in prisons.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Emma Liddle

    Emma has overall responsibility for the project's effective delivery, including management of staff. She also delivers sessoions in HMP/YOI Edinburgh.

    Michelle Walker

    Michelle delivers most of the taster, group and one-to-one sessions in HMYOI Polmont and HMP Greenock

    Debbie Yeats

    Debbie delivers most of the taster, group and one-to-one sessions in HMP/YOI Cornton Vale.