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A question of choice

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...is much higher than for the more ‘traditional’ MAT options. Treatment with buprenorphine in specific populations Prisons Historically, buprenorphine has not been routinely offered as an MAT option in prisons...

Drug use in prisons

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...UK governments have acknow­ledged that it is all but impossible to stop drugs getting into prisons. For many people, that acknowledge­ment will seem utterly inexplicable. Prisons represent the single most...

What future for our prisons?

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...could help create something new Earlier this year the government announced ‘the biggest shake up of prisons since the Victorian times’, with plans for six major new ‘reform prisons’ and...

Rough Justice

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...to reducing demand, many prisons had enhanced airport-like security and trained drug dogs, partly to address the issue of staff bringing in drugs. ‘But people are ingenious and prisons are...

Introducing Forward’s new Kent Young Persons Project

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...in the Kent and Medway area who have been in a secure setting and are about to leave. The project will run from two prisons – HMPs Elmley and Rochester...

Forward’s Employment Services Directorate celebrates another successful year

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...learners in prisons with information, advice and guidance support 885 learners and unemployed participants in the community 338 individuals in the community to progress into jobs, apprenticeships, and self-employment. Here...
Interventions for women

Phoenix Futures takes a closer look at interventions for women

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...provisions in prisons, specialising in the treatment model ‘Therapeutic Community’. My experience of prisons is that they have the potential to be great places for reform, rehabilitation, and ideal for...

Government seeks to address prisons crisis with extra staff

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...The white paper also includes measures to introduce no-fly zones over prisons to stop drones being used to drop drugs inside the prison walls, as well as extra sniffer dogs....

Constellations Online Festival of Harm Reduction

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...services and prisons, with the majority of staff having lived experience. One vital aspect of their work was modifying and speeding up pathways into treatment, particularly for more marginalised communities....

International Women’s Day – Profiling SIG’s Women – Muriel Gutu

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...focused on substance misuse. She worked in community settings with drug and alcohol teams within the NHS, working as a locum and in prisons. Muriel qualified as a nurse prescriber...

Our naloxone strategy for 2022

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...provide more naloxone are: approved premises, pharmacies, police, hospitals, ambulances, hostels, homeless shelters, and prisons. People can also help to give out naloxone to their own peers. By working together...

What we’ve learnt from delivering the Employability Practitioner Standard

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...and young people who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). We also deliver information, advice and guidance (IAG) services in prisons. Forward is experienced in supporting people with...

Take-home naloxone in prisons

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Research consultant, Arun Sondhi, from the Centre for Public Innovation (CPI), talks to DDN about the findings of his latest research into take-home naloxone in prisons. ‘Through-the-Gate’forms a key part...

Drug use in prisons

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Promotional feature A new profile of drug use in prisons Mark Napier talks to DDN about the emergence of the complex problem of novel psychoactive substances, and some responses that...

A big welcome to EDP and new services in Staffordshire and NE prisons

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...within the community and inside prisons to improve people’s wellbeing, social connections and employability in the South West.  Paul Townsley, Chief Executive of Humankind said: “Humankind and EDP have worked...

A matter of conviction

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Tony Margetts looks at whether prison reform is heading in the right direction. For all the wrong reasons prisons are in the news. Hardly a week goes by without a...

Nurses at risk from synthetic cannabinoid use in prisons

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The widespread use of synthetic cannabinoids like ‘spice’ in UK prisons is risking the health of nurses and other staff, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN...

Forward ‘Reach Out’ service praised by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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The Forward Trust’s online chat service, Reach Out, was judged ‘notable positive practice’ by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) following an inspection of HMP High Down in March and...

Government unveils major prison reforms

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...charge, giving them the autonomy they need to run prisons in the way they think best. By trusting governors to get on with the job we can make sure prisons...

United we stand

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Jonathan Munro tells DDN about the pioneering partnership working happening among prisons in the North East. The prison partnership is a new venture formed in April 2013, which brings together...

High risk strategy

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...in their recommendation that all local areas need to have appropriate naloxone provision in place. However, prisons have so far failed to implement provision at the point of release across...

Beyond the gate

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...crucial that every prison strategy includes take-home naloxone programmes.’ Many unnecessary deaths could be prevented if all prisons adopted the strategy, but ‘while some prisons are leading the way, sadly...

Government unveils major prison reforms

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...giving them the autonomy they need to run prisons in the way they think best. By trusting governors to get on with the job we can make sure prisons are...

No hiding place

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...acknow­ledged that it is all but impossible to stop drugs getting into prisons. For many people, that acknowledge­ment will seem utterly inexplicable. Prisons represent the single most controlled environment on...

Tough measures

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...December 2015 HM chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, released a hard-hitting, upfront report on the misuse of substances in prisons. In the report he stated that NPS have created...

Government unveils ‘landmark’ prison and courts bill

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The government has published its prison and courts bill, which it says will pave the way for the ‘biggest overhaul of prisons in a generation’. The bill ‘underpins’ measures in...

Different wavelengths

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...prisons, Andrew Selous discussed NPS use in prisons, citing a rise in violence related to NPS use as a serious problem. Selous informed delegates that ‘NPS testing is currently underway...

Prison staff overwhelmed by NPS crisis

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...treated.’ Report on an announced inspection of HMP Ranby by HM chief inspector of prisons at www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk Guidance: hepatitis C prevention, diagnosis and treatment in prisons in England at www.hepctrust.org.uk...

Complete overhaul needed for prison mental health services, says Justice Committee

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...integrated approach to mental health in prisons ‘Mental health in prisons is not treated with the focus it needs,’ said committee chair Sir Robert Neill MP. ‘When there isn’t sufficient...

Government sets out ‘zero tolerance’ policy to drugs in prison

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...Prisons will have a ‘zero-tolerance approach to drugs’ All prisoners will be assessed on arrival for drug and alcohol issues, says the Prisons strategy white paper, with a ‘comprehensive plan...

Prison safety under threat from rising NPS use

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...of the closed prison estate, the report notes, from local prisons to high security establishments. Boards in almost all local prisons had reported significant rises in violence and assaults, and...

Bang for your buck

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The launch of the ‘Decency, safety, security’ strategy for prisons was greeted with mixed reactions by the Drugs, Alcohol, and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group. DDN reports. Read the full article...

Drugs behind ‘huge increase’ in prison violence

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...annual report from the chief inspector of prisons. As well as coinciding with substantial reductions in staff numbers, the ‘ready availability of drugs in too many of our prisons sits...

Prisoners dying ‘preventable deaths’ because of NPS, says ombudsman

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...now the ‘new normal’ in prisons, it states. Prisons often struggle with the consequences of ‘bad batches’ of NPS which can result in ‘simultaneous multiple collapses of prisoners, unsustainable demand...

‘A third’ of HMP Birmingham prisoners using drugs

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...in prisons was being put at risk from second hand inhalation of synthetic cannabinoid smoke (DDN, June, page 4). Earlier this month prisons minister Rory Stewart announced a package of...

Lines of communication

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...Canada working exclusively in prisons. ‘I was one of the first staff they hired when they got funding,’ he says. ‘I had no background in HIV, but I knew prisons...

What next for prison reform?

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The recent Prisons Bill promised the biggest shake-up of prisons since the Victorian era (DDN, June, page 5). At a VolteFace event in London, journalist Philippa Budgen asked panelists: ‘How...

UK drug policy

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...(MDT) in prisons, the report claims that positive drug tests are down, as if this is an indication that drug use in prisons is decreasing. HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)...

Partner up

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...CARAT worker, CARAT manager and then eastern area manager, overseeing 11 drug treatment services in prisons across the East of England,’ she says. So was the drugs sector something she’d...

Put on the spot

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...legal highs – especially synthetic cannabinoids – in most prisons, revealed by a series of prison inspection reports and a briefing by the prison drug treatment provider, RAPt. Admission to...

Media savvy

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...it any more. Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 1 May   The most pressing issue right now in prisons is safety. [Michael] Gove needs to act to reduce violence and...

Reforming zeal

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...One will be the huge HMP Wandsworth in south west London, and the government says that more than 5,000 prisoners will be housed in these ‘reform prisons’ by the end...

Local authorities failing to provide sufficient naloxone

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The amounts of naloxone being provided by local councils and prisons are ‘extremely limited’, warns a new report from Release. While all but three of the 152 local authorities who...

Comment from the substance misuse sector

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...issues and many suffer mental health problems. The government drug strategy sets out ambition to tackle substance abuse by building recovery communities within prisons and beyond, but I am saddened...

Decriminalise possession to ease prison crisis, say Lib Dems

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...abounds and prisoners with mental health issues slip through the cracks,’ said Liberal Democrat shadow justice secretary Jonathan Marks. ‘The simple fact is we will never turn prisons into places...

Creating a future

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...and this was the intention of Louise Scherdel, Addaction’s Lincolnshire Prisons service manager, when she wrote and developed the programme under the supervision of Andrew Beaver, operations manager at Grantham...

Prison perspectives

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...to clients in prisons.’ Last year I resigned from my position as a service manager due to burnout, having spent the last two years fighting to offer the best level...

New psychoactive substances

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...According to a HM Inspectorate of Prisons report on HMP Dartmoor, safety at the prison has been compromised by ‘the too-ready availability of prohibited drugs’ including synthetic cannabinoids ‘not detectable...

There’s something in the heroin

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...title of our harm reduction leaflet which was distributed widely (see left). We issued a warning to local treatment services, needle exchanges and prisons, and raised awareness through the local...

A round-up of national news: November 2016

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...matter of conviction: a blueprint for community-based prisons. Among a range of recommendations in the document is that a new ‘rehabilitation duty’ be legislated requiring prisons and probation services to...

Flying the flag

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...being set up in someone’s living room. ‘We go to clinics and prisons and we’re all living with HIV – it’s the therapeutic value of one person helping another. We’d...

July issue

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Inside learning Time for a critical look at our prisons AT FIRST GLANCE you might wonder why we’ve devoted most of this issue to reports about criminal justice system. At...

News in brief

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...HM Inspectorate of Prisons. Changing patterns of substance misuse in adult prisons and service responses studies the evidence from more than 60 inspections and 10,000 survey responses from individual prisoners,...

Letters to the editor – June issue

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...failing the disadvantaged, maligned, and ever increasing population shoved out of sight behind bars. As a result, the article explains, prisons are in perpetual crisis. It is hardly surprising that...

Drugs counselling in prisons

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First person Rev Peter Lolley trained as a drugs counsellor with the prison service. As he nears his retirement he shares his experience as a works chaplain The steel...

News in brief

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...at www.publications.parliament.uk   Testing times Hepatitis C testing in prisons should be a ‘continuous offer’, according to a report from the Hepatitis C Trust. Just 6 per cent of inmates...

Homepage News Tab

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...of the prison system were announced as part of last month’s Queen’s Speech, including the establishment of six autonomous ‘reform prisons’     Reforming zeal The Queen’s Speech saw the...

Homepage Features Tab

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...Jason and Elizabeth met at a DDN conference and brought little Oscar to meet us at this year’s event       Take-home naloxone in prisons Research consultant, Arun Sondhi,...

Proportion of prisoners developing drug problem doubles in five years

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...running rehabilitation programmes in prisons across the UK, we agree with Reform’s report that the drug problem in custody is getting worse, with more prisoners developing a drug problem inside,’ said...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

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...local authorities, the NHS and commissioning groups, with measures to encourage case finding by drug services, prisons, GPs and councils. Earlier this year the charity warned that just a quarter...