Overview

2022
Online
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70% of prisoners were already experiencing mental health issues prior to the pandemic, with female offenders more than 17 times more likely to commit suicide after release than the general female population, while male offenders are 13.5 times more likely to commit suicide after release compared to the general male population, according to NHS England. Covid-19 has only worsened mental health in prisons and the prison system is facing one of the biggest mental health crises of its time.

Restrictions put in place across prisons due to Covid-19 has resulted in prisoners spending an increased time of up to 23 hours in their cells per day, limited or no contact with other inmates, severely restricted contact with family and programmes and activities cancelled across the board. With even short periods in solitary confinement demonstrated to have a severe impact on prisoner mental health, there is a significant risk of irreparable damage being inflicted. The pandemic has also severely impacted, if not ceased, rehabilitation efforts and many prisoners with upcoming parole board days will be facing anxiety and despair at the inability to demonstrate they have met their parole aims.

With a forthcoming mental health crisis in prisons inevitable, it is imperative that the criminal justice, voluntary and health sectors are collaborating to support prisoners during Covid-19 and beyond. This will require developing innovative initiatives to support wellbeing behind bars, implementing projects to maintain personal development and collaborating to ensure prisoners can meet the requirements for parole.

Key Speakers

Dr Sarah Lewis photo
Dr Sarah Lewis
Director
Penal Reform Solutions
Paula Harriott photo
Paula Harriott
Head of Prisoner Engagement
Prison Reform Trust
Dr Celia Sadie photo
Dr Celia Sadie
Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Lead
Secure Stairs
LJ Flanders photo
LJ Flanders
Founder and CEO
Cell Workout

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
8:30 am
Online Login and Registration
8:50 am
Your Tour of the Online Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Criminal Justice Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address

This address will explore the key challenges to be discussed throughout the day, including prisoner mental health, rehabilitation and parole and supporting prisoner physical health through Covid-19 and beyond. These challenges will be reflected on throughout the event, with these themes focused on in particular to ensure the event drives solutions to the challenges that delegates are facing.

Professor Eddie Kane
Professor Eddie Kane
Director of Centre for Health and Justice
Institute for Mental Health
Confirmed
9:10 am
Inspecting Prisons During Covid-19 and Beyond
  • How HMIP have been inspecting during Covid and beyond
  • The impact on Covid on health outcomes for prisoners: HMIP report findings
  • What happens to prisoners during a Pandemic? HMIP Thematic findings

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Tania Osborne
Tania Osborne
Head of Health and Social Care Inspection
HM Inspectorate of Prisons
Confirmed
Shaun Thomson
Shaun Thomson
Health and Social Care Inspector
HM Inspectorate of Prisons
Confirmed
9:40 am
Managing Outbreaks of Covid-19 in Prisons

This session will analyse key findings from research on managing outbreaks of highly contagious diseases in prisons and share resulting recommendations. Topics discussed will include:

  • Effective and ineffective infection control strategies
  • Mitigating the impact of infection prevention strategies on offender mental health
  • Interagency working as a key factor in successful outbreak management
  • Best practice in managing outbreaks of contagious diseases in a prison setting

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Dr Seena Fazel
Dr Seena Fazel
Professor of Forensic Psychiatry & Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science
University of Oxford
Confirmed
10:10 am
Inside Perspective: Mental Health in Prison and Life During a Global Pandemic
  • Sharing insights into how prison impacts mental health from first-hand experience, including what causes mental health issues and what can help to tackle them
  • Sharing experiences from a network of offenders currently in prison on how Covid-19 has impacted their mental health
  • Discussing what more needs to be done to support the wellbeing of offenders both during and post Covid-19
Femi Laryea-Adekimi
Femi Laryea-Adekimi
Network Coordinator
Prison Reform Trust
Confirmed
10:40 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:00 am
Practical Insights: Supporting the Mental Health of Young Offenders
  • Outlining the SECURE STAIRS initiative, an integrated care framework funded by the NHS, DfE and MoJ, which aims to transform the relational environments of custody to support the psychological needs of children in secure settings and the staff who look after them
  • Training custodial staff to create a therapeutic environment, covering topics such as trauma and adolescent development, and managing and making sense of the dynamics of teams in these settings.
  • Sharing findings from the project, including positive feedback from children and staff, and attempts to address levels of violence in custody
  • Discussing the impact of Covid-19 on the wellbeing of children in custody and how the project has tailored support around this

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Dr Celia Sadie
Dr Celia Sadie
Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Lead
Secure Stairs
Confirmed
11:30 am
Practical Insights: Keeping Offenders Active and Engaged during Covid-19
  • Highlighting the importance of keeping offenders active during cell time in order to maintain physical and mental health
  • Outlining how LJ Flanders developed the Cell Workout initiative whilst in prison and how offenders can be supported to develop initiatives and business plans whilst in prison
  • Demonstrating activities from the programme which can be carried out with limited space and without equipment and guidance for how these can be incorporated into prisons
  • Sharing top tips for working with offenders to boost morale, engagement and motivation

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

LJ Flanders
LJ Flanders
Founder and CEO
Cell Workout
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Chair's Summary and Close, and Virtual Networking

Following the closing remarks, you will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

 

*This Programme is subject to change

8:50 am
Your Tour of the Online Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Criminal Justice Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:00 am
Day 2 - Chair's Welcome Address
9:10 am
Outlining The Impact of Covid-19 on Rehabilitation and Prisoner Release
  • Outlining how rehabilitation and personal development support for offenders has ceased, with the cancellation of programmes and activities across prisons
  • Demonstrating how this has already had a significant impact on the outcome of offenders’ upcoming parole boards, with offenders unable to demonstrate that they have met the parole conditions
  • Discussing how this threat has resulted in increased anxiety and feelings of despair among offenders and could lead to a mental health crisis among offenders
  • Discussing how the prison and parole system can begin to enable prisoners due for release to pass parole

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Paula Harriott
Paula Harriott
Head of Prisoner Engagement
Prison Reform Trust
Confirmed
9:40 am
Supporting Offenders to Pass Parole
  • Offering a first-hand perspective on the parole system from someone who has been through it, highlighting areas for improvement and the impact of this on mental health
  • Sharing the experiences of offenders recalled under the sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) and the detrimental impact of IPPs on mental health
  • Considering how channels of communication can be improved in the context of Covid-19 to ensure that offenders have access to the advice and guidance they need to pass parole
  • Discussing how voluntary organisations and prisons should be working together to support prisoners during the Covid-19 affected parole process

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Marc Conway
Marc Conway
Policy Officer
Prison Reform Trust
Confirmed
10:10 am
Case Study: Delivering Outstanding Education to Support Rehabilitation
  • Outlining the significant impact providing diverse education services has on offender mental and physical health
  • Working in partnership between prisoners, voluntary organisations and further education institutions to deliver innovative educational programmes in prisons
  • Sharing initiatives designed to support offender rehabilitation during Covid-19
  • Discussing how prisons and education providers have adapted existing services during Covid-19 and overcoming challenges to facilitate this

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Francesa Cooney
Francesa Cooney
Head of Policy
Prisoners Education Trust
Confirmed
10:40 am
Break. Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:10 am
Case Study: Supporting Prisoner Growth

In this session, Penal Reform Solutions will provide expert guidance and top tips on how prisons and charities can support offender’s personal development at a time when programmes and activities have been cancelled.

Delegates will be encouraged to share challenges they have faced throughout Covid-19 at the end of the session during which there will be time for questions and answers.

Dr Sarah Lewis
Dr Sarah Lewis
Director
Penal Reform Solutions
Confirmed
11:40 am
Case Study: Supporting the Mental Health of People on Release from Prison
  • Assessing the specific support people need upon release from prison during Covid-19 and how this is key to supporting offender mental health
  • Working in partnership with NHS Oxleas to provide intensive resettlement support for people with mental health problems and offering best practice guidance on this
  • Discussing how to increase engagement with health and welfare services to ensure people leaving prison  have comprehensive support
  • Considering how voluntary organisations, prisons and health services can work more closely together to support  people upon release from prison to maintain good physical and mental health

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Helen Berresford
Helen Berresford
Director of External Engagement
Nacro
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Workshop: Learning What an Effective Offender Wellbeing Strategy Looks Like and Implementing One Within Your Prison
With one of the key themes for all of our events being this idea of ‘solutions focused approaches’ we wanted to bring this workshop to you in an attempt for you to learn first hand what an effective prisoner wellbeing strategy looks like. The idea being that you are able to take this away at the end of the two days, have a think and then develop and implement some of the ideas you picked up in this workshop within your own organisation.

We encourage all delegates to work closely with our trainer for this session to ensure they get the most out of the session and our trainer will be on hand after the event to answer any follow up questions you may have

Learning Objectives for this session include:

  • Learning how to work in partnership across the health, criminal justice and voluntary sectors to develop effective wellbeing strategies for prisoners in your prison
  • Learning how to consider and include individual prisoner needs in your strategy and tailoring support for female, young and BAME prisoners
  • Learning how to tailor your strategy to current issues including Covid-19 and the BLM protests
  • Learning what effective prisoner wellbeing looks like and creating a blueprint for a tailored wellbeing strategy to be implemented in your own or partner prisons
Dr Pamela Walters
Dr Pamela Walters
Consultant in Forensic and Addiction Psychiatry and Clinical Director
Forward Trust
Confirmed
12:55 pm
Forum Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Following the closing remarks, you will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

 

*This Programme is subject to change

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for the Health, Criminal Justice and Voluntary Sectors. Typical job titles will include:

  • Heads of Healthcare
  • Commissioning Leads
  • Clinical Leads for Criminal Justice
  • Mental Health Leads
  • Heads of Offender Care
  • Prison Governors
  • Probation Officers
  • Director of Specialist Services
  • Consultant Psychologists
  • Services Managers
  • Chief Executives
  • Heads of Prison Engagement
  • Policy Officers

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