“It felt the same this time goin through the doors but good to know I had the PSP there to help. I never had that before I was just put out the door and left to your left to your own devices” Brian, supported by PSP
The Low Moss Public Social Partnership (PSP) aims to reduce reoffending by addressing the root causes of offending behaviour and provide consistent access to a range of support services designed to help people throughout their time in prison and once they have returned to their community.
Engagement with offenders will begin from the early stages of their sentence for up to a year after they are liberated to help address substance misuse, mental ill-health and develop coping strategies.
Prison staff, including the health team, will work alongside the PSP partners to help improve individuals overall health and well being.
Housing needs have been identified as a key issue for people leaving prison and access to housing services will be a priority in the lead up to, and following liberation. Turning Point Scotland’s Housing First service in Glasgow is an example of one of the options for an individual returning to the community to be referred to.
By providing continuous support and improving access to housing, medication and welfare on release, the PSP will increase the chances of a person successfully reintegrating into the community.
In April 2012, HMP Low Moss opened with the capacity to provide for 700 adult male convicted and remand prisoners. Purpose built with specific training facilities, Low Moss presents an opportunity to examine the nature of the traditional prisoner throughcare pathway and improve its effectiveness.
Anyone that is in custody in Low Moss can access the support services provided by the PSP.
Download the Low Moss PSP evaluation report .
What is a Public Social Partnership?
A public social partnership is a unique model for delivering more effective services, bringing public agencies together to work in partnership with organisations in the voluntary sector.
The Low Moss PSP consists of North Strathclyde and Glasgow CJAs, Scottish Prison Service, criminal justice social work teams, JobCentrePlus, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board, local authority housing departments, Police Scotland and voluntary sector agencies SACRO, Families Outside, Action for Children, the Wise Group and Turning Point Scotland. The five voluntary sector organisations represent a much wider cohort of approximately thirty three sector partners.
The Scottish Government, The Robertson Trust and the Big Lottery Fund Scotland have all provided funding the project.
The core principle of the prisoner pathway is the timely delivery of individualised and responsive prisoner support before, during and after liberation. The nine offender outcomes have been identified as the main areas where people will need support:
- Sustained or improved physical or mental wellbeing
- Reduced or stabilised substance misuse
- Reduced risk taking
- Increased self sufficient living
- Increased access to and sustained suitable accommodation
- Offenders apply problem solving and anger management skills in everyday lives
- Maintained or improved relationships with families, peers and community
- Qualifications gained and new skills used/developed/practised
- Employment increased
Practice elements include a dedicated throughcare worker for every short term prisoner, a single shared assessment and care plan, a holistic needs and risk assessment both in prison and in the community and better partnership working to manage prisoner transitional stages thereby making more efficient and effective use of resources and public funds.
Download the Low Moss service leaflet
HMP Low Moss
PSP Team Links Centre
0141 762 9652