Our challenge in turning experience into expertise
Time and again we hear of people failing to cope with the transition from prison to the community and heading back through the revolving door.
Why? Because they haven’t been equipped, physically or mentally, for their onward journey. The Departure Lounge (p6) is a coordinated approach in action, from making sure prisoners leave with the essentials to connecting them to tailored onward support.
The other essential element is, of course, meaningful employment (p8) – vital to treatment outcomes and recovery, transformative in building self-worth, and providing socialisation and structure. Visiting the Medway peers this month gave us the opportunity to see this process in action (p12) with a team who have turned lived experience into expertise and ambition.
Claire Brown, editor
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