Select Committee on Home Affairs First Report


ANNEX 6

OFFENDING BEHAVIOUR PROGRAMMES

Core Programmes

Enhanced Thinking Skills

Addresses thinking and behaviour associated with offending. The programme employs a sequenced series of structured exercises designed to teach interpersonal problem solving skills. It is targeted at male and female medium to medium-high risk offenders, and can be sequenced with other programmes. It is primarily aimed at sex, violent or drug offenders. The programme is 20 sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours over a 4 to 10 week period (40 to 50 hours total).

Reasoning and Rehabilitation

Teaches offenders a range of social and cognitive skills. It provides a sequenced series of structured sessions designed to teach inter-personal problem solving. It is targeted at male and female high-risk offenders. The programme is 38 sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours each, over up to 13 weeks at three sessions per week or 19 weeks at two sessions per week (76 hours total).

Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it

This programme aims to reduce aggressive and offending behaviour that is related to poor emotional management, through teaching social skills and emotional management techniques. The programme is targeted at medium-risk male offenders convicted of assault, public order or criminal damage. The programme contains 24 sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours plus three individual sessions over an 8 to 24 week period.

Cognitive Self-Change Programme

A rolling programme that is aimed to reduce instrumental violence and offending behaviour by targeting and addressing anti-social thinking patterns, lack of insight into violent behaviour and violent fantasy. It is aimed at adult men aged between 24 and 50. They will be high-risk offenders convicted of at least two violent offences. The programme is approximately 160 sessions of group work lasting 1 hour 15 minutes and every two weeks an offender will have an individual session. The programme takes approximately one year to complete but is dependent on individual progress.

Cognitive Skills Booster Programme

This programme is designed to reinforce learning from general offending programmes through skills rehearsal and relapse prevention. It is targeted at both male and female offenders who have already completed a general offending programme. The programme consists of 10 2 to 2.5 hour sessions if delivered as a group session, or may be slightly shorter if undertaken on a one-to-one basis. A programme lasts between 3 and 10 weeks (20 to 25 hours in total).

Sex Offender Treatment Programmes

Core programme

The treatment goals of this programme include helping offenders develop understanding of how and why sexual offences were committed, to increase awareness of victim harm issues, and to develop meaningful life goals as part of a relapsed prevention plan. The programme is targeted at male medium- and high-risk sex offenders, and challenges thinking patterns, develops victim empathy and relapse prevention skills. The programme consists of 86 group sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours each, and lasts approximately five months (at four sessions per week).

Extended programme

A supplementary programme for high-risk offenders covering five treatment-need areas: dysfunctional thinking styles; emotion management; offence related sexual fantasy; intimacy skills and inadequate relapse prevention plans. It is targeted at male high and very high-risk sex offenders. The programme lasts for 73 group sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours each, and takes approximately four months (at four sessions per week).

Adapted programme

Treatment goals are similar to the core programme, but methods are adapted to suit learning-disabled sex offenders across all risk levels. The programme is designed to increase sexual knowledge, modify offence-justifying thinking, develop ability to recognise feelings in themselves and others, to gain an understanding of victim harm, and develop relapse prevention skills. The programme consists of 85 group sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours each, and lasts approximately five months (at four sessions per week).

Rolling Programme

This programme covers the same topics as the core programme but with less emphasis on obtaining an adequate offence account, and more emphasis on relationship skills and attachment deficits. It is targeted at male low and medium risk sex offenders, but sex offenders who have completed primary treatment programmes and who are serving long sentences can attend as a "top up" programme. The programme lasts for 45-60 sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours.

Booster programme

This programme is designed to refresh clients' memories about their learning in treatment and to provide additional relapse prevention and release preparation work. It is targeted at male sex offenders and lasts for 28 sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours over a six-week period.




 
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