The service began to engage with Abdul when he was remanded in Polmont. During the initial one to one a comprehensive assessment was completed followed by an action plan to support him in achieving personal goals both during incarceration and post liberation. Unfortunately, during remand there are no activities arranged for young people in prison however the worker still maintained support through one to ones and group work.
During the assessment, permission was granted to contact the family (in this case, the mother) to provide a point of contact. A visit was conducted to meet the mother, inform her of the service and provide a family pack. The contact continued and other issues were highlighted by the family that the older brother of the young person who was in prison, Abdul’s co-accused who needed addiction support so after his release a referral was made to the appropriate service for him.
Abdul was given an 18 month sentence, served 5 months and was released on tag for another 3 months during which time one to one and group work support continued. He was encouraged to take up support from agencies within Polmont, referred to Passport to Industry and became an industrial cleaner with access across the estate. He declined offers to engage with education.
Just before release, arrangements were made with Job Centre Plus for appointments at the appropriate benefits office after liberation which he was supported to attend successfully.
The constraints of his tag were explained in detail to ensure that the client understood both the purpose of the tag and the consequences if he breached it.
A home visit was made to support and assist the transition for both the client and his family. The family were made fully aware of how best to support the client during his period of tag and how to approach difficult conversations, with mediation offered.
After his return home, the worker visited regularly to ensure adherence to his curfew and related consequences of any breaches were fully understood and to remind of appointments with Passport to Industry and YCSA.
After a number of visits his family were very pleased and enthusiastic about the progress made. The client had resettled well and was pursuing alternative activities such as attending the gym and looking for work.
Currently, contact is maintained with the client, and his family, who has successfully gained and retained employment within food retail.