Overview

24 Mar, 20219:30 am-1:00 pm25 Mar, 20219:30 am-1:00 pm
Online

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

Tania Osborne photo
Tania Osborne
Head of Health and Social Care Inspection
HM Inspectorate of Prisons
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

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, throughout the event with these themes focused on in particular to ensure the event drives solutions to the challenges that delegates are facing.

Professor Annie Bartlett
Professor Annie Bartlett
Professor of Offender Healthcare
St George's University of London
Invited
9:00 am
An HMPPS Update: Recovering from Covid-19 and Delivering a National Update on the Prison System
  • Detailing HMPSS’ plan on how Covid-19 restrictions will be eased in prisons, including the conditions that must be met to enable levels of restrictions to be eased
  • Outlining how prisons will be assessed as being ready for the different Regime Stages, both in moving up and down levels
  • Highlighting HMPSS’ expectations of prisons regarding offender health both during Covid-19 and beyond
  • Sharing guidance on how prisons and prison staff should look to prevent and control outbreaks of Covid-19
Phil Copple
Phil Copple
Director General (Prisons)
HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)
Invited
9:20 am
Questions and Answers Session
9:30 am
HMIP Interview: Inspecting Prisons During Covid-19 and Beyond

This session will provide delegates with the opportunity to ask direct questions to HMIP  regarding how they will inspect prisons during Covid-19 and beyond. Delegates will be able to submit questions from 14 days prior to the event and will have the opportunity to ask questions on the day. Topics for discussion will include:

  • How HMIP will carry out inspections of prisons during Covid-19 and beyond
  • HMIP expectations of health and safety standards during Covid-19
  • An update on collaborative work with the CQC to improve offender health

Delegates will also be encouraged to share their particular challenges from an inspections perspective with HMIP on the day in an attempt to find common solutions to the most pressing challenges the sector is facing at the moment.

Tania Osborne
Tania Osborne
Head of Health and Social Care Inspection
HM Inspectorate of Prisons
Confirmed
9:50 am
NHS Insight: What Has Been the Impact of Covid-19 on Prisoner Mental Health? How Should We Respond?
  • Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on prisoner mental health and how this has accelerated already high levels of mental disorders, suicide and self-harm
  • Considering how reductions in staff and social distancing has reduced the capacity of prisons to provide support for mental and physical health for prisoners and how NHS Trusts can help bridge this gap
  • Sharing how Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with HMP Buckley Hall on initiatives to support prisoner mental health and offering guidance for NHS Trusts and prisons collaborating on prisoner mental health
  • Outlining from a health perspective what prisons should be doing to support prisoner mental health, including mindfulness, wellbeing applications and telephone psychological therapies

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

Thomas Hewson
Thomas Hewson
Academic Clinical Fellow
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Invited
10:20 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.

10:40 am
Prison Insight: How to Support Offender Mental Health throughout Covid-19
  • Outlining how the prison is providing extra support to prisoners during Covid-19, including placing landline phones in cells, prisoners’ canteens, and increased television usage
  • Highlighting the importance of staff-inmate relationships and showcasing how HMP Isle of Wight is maintaining these in light of social distancing rules
  • Providing education and distraction packs for prisoners which were tailored to specific needs alongside a range of new workshops to keep prisoners engaged and support their wellbeing
  • Creating a newsletter for prisoners, including internal competitions and jokes, to maintain inmate spirits and morale
Doug Graham
Doug Graham
Governor
HMP Isle of Wight
Invited
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 offers therapeutic provision to support the psychological needs of young people in secure settings
  • Understanding the needs of young offenders and developing tailored programmes to support these, covering topics such as trauma, adolescent development and attachment
  • Training staff to deliver specialised support, including cognitive behavioural therapy and family work
  • Sharing findings from the project, including positive feedback from young offenders and a significant reduction in the number of violent episodes
  • Discussing the impact of Covid-19 on the wellbeing of young offenders and how the project has tailored support around this
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
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:50 am
Activity Session: Learning How to Keep Prisoners Active and Engaged during Covid-19

This session will provide delegates with key practical strategies and practices for keeping prisoners engaged from their cells. Expert speakers will share insight into leading initiatives to keep prisoners active and maintain intellectual and mental health. Each speaker will then share activities that can be utilised in prisons and delegates will have the opportunity to practice activities first-hand to see how they work and for them to take away and implement within their own prisons.

LJ Flanders
LJ Flanders
Founder and CEO
Cell Workout
Invited
Charlotte Weinberg
Charlotte Weinberg
Executive Director
SafeGround
Invited
Helena Wysocki
Helena Wysocki
Networks Officer
Prisoner's Education Trust
Invited
12:30 pm
Workshop: Learning What an Effective Prisoner 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
Matina Marougka
Matina Marougka
Head of Operations and Development (Criminal Justice and Advocacy Services)
Together for Mental Wellbeing
Invited
1:10 pm
Day 1 Forum Close & Virtual Networking

The Forum for Day 1 concludes at 1:10pm.

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.

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
Paula Harriott
Paula Harriott
Head of Prisoner Engagement
Prison Reform Trust
Confirmed
9:30 am
Case Study: Delivering Outstanding Education to Support Rehabilitation
  • Outlining the significant impact providing diverse education services has on prisoner mental and physical health
  • Highlighting how providing prisoners with in-cell laptops has enabled prisoners to maintain rehabilitation programmes and discussing the benefits and disadvantages of this
  • Sharing initiatives designed to support prisoner rehabilitation during Covid-19, including the ‘don’t judge a book’ project, wherein prisoners are issued books from a newly formed mobile library service and write book reviews to share amongst themselves
  • Examining how the prison adapted existing services during Covid-19, including creating digital versions of reading materials for programmes
Nick Leader
Nick Leader
Governor
HMP Berwyn
Invited
9:50 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
10:10 am
Top Tips for Supporting Prisoners’ Personal Development

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
10:30 am
Panel Session: Supporting Prisoners to Successfully Pass Parole
  • What should prisons and support services be doing to support the release of prisoners who were due for parole?
  • How should voluntary organisations and prisons be working together to support prisoners during the Covid-19 affected parole process?
  • How can we improve channels of communication in the context of Covid-19 to ensure that offenders have access to the advice and guidance they need to pass parole?
  • Discussing new initiatives being implemented by prisons to support offenders to meet their conditions for early release
Anne Fox
Anne Fox
Chief Executive
Clinks
Invited
Paula Harriott
Paula Harriott
Head of Prisoner Engagement
Prison Reform Trust
Confirmed
Natasha Wilson
Natasha Wilson
Governor
HMP East Sutton Park
Invited
Neil Thomas
Neil Thomas
Governor
HMP Stockton
Invited
11:10 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.

11:30 am
Break Out Rooms

This session will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the latest initiatives in supporting the physical health of offenders.

Delegates will have the choice of breaking out into two rooms to share experiences, assess findings and discuss what more can be done to tackle these issues.

Each room will be led by an expert speaker and will be focused on one of the following themes:

Break out Room 1: Preventing and Controlling Covid-19 Outbreaks – This session will be led by Dave Nicholson, Governor, HMP Warren Hill (invited)

Break out Room 2 – Supporting Prisoners with Care Needs – This session will be led by John Enser, Oxleas Service Director Forensic & Prison Services, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (invited)

Break out Room 3 – The Role of the Voluntary Sector – This session will be led by Anne Fox, Chief Executive, Clinks (invited)

12:30 pm
Forum Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Forum for Day 2 concludes at 12:30pm.

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.

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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