Peer supported social care in prisons

The RSET team will perform documentary analysis of Her Majesty’s inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) reports to answer important questions about social care in prisons.

Project

Published: 15/06/2021

Project status: Ongoing

This is a RSET project (Rapid Service Evaluation Team), a collaboration between the Nuffield Trust and UCL and funded by NIHR.

Many adults in prison require support with social care needs. In 2014, two Care Acts were introduced to ensure that those who needed social care within prisons were able to receive social care. However, these needs are often unmet and delivery of social care varies across the UK. 

In recent years, the provision of social care has been supplemented with peer support initiatives to provide a package of social care support. Peer support workers support social care providers to provide non-personal care to other prisoners. Previous research has highlighted benefits to prisoners and prisons. 

To better understand the landscape of social care in prisons, the team will perform documentary analysis of Her Majesty’s inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) reports to answer the following questions:

1.       What social care is currently provided in UK adult prisons?
2.       Who delivers social care in UK adult prisons?
3.       What peer support initiatives are used for social care in UK adult prisons?
4.       What social care indicators are relevant?

Additional work on the project is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

This project was identified as part of the work from the ‘Identification and prioritisation of innovations in adult social care and social work’ project undertaken in 2019.

Project team
  • Naomi Fulop
  • Holly Walton
  • Sonila M Tomini
  • Chris Sherlaw-Johnson
  • Pei Li Ng

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