New milestone in Probation history

Staff in Prison - TTG
For the first time in England and Wales, every person leaving prison will have access to support services to give them a better start.

The provision, known as ‘Through the Gate’, is part of the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014. All adult offenders, who committed an offence from 1st February 2015, will be subject to a minimum of 12 months supervision in the community on release from prison, enabling vital work to be undertaken with them to reduce the likelihood of reoffending. For the first time, offenders with prison sentences of less than 12 months will receive probation

supervision to support their resettlement after they are released.

BeNCH’s ‘Through the Gate’ service On May 1st, BeNCH CRC launched its new ‘Through the Gate’ service to people coming into custody. It will provide support to people in prison during their custodial
sentence and after their release.

Through our partners we are providing high-quality Through the Gate services at HMP Bedford, HMP The Mount, HMP Peterborough. We also deliver a service out of HMP Woodhill for those prisoners returning to the BeNCH area.

The service has been specially designed to help people leaving prison settle back into the community, find accommodation and work, re-establish their relationships, and stop reoffending.

Support includes:
• help in finding accommodation
• advice on managing money, benefits and debt
• support for victims of domestic abuse and
• help with getting ready for work and finding
employment.

The Through the Gate service begins as soon as they arrive in prison regardless of how long their sentence is or whether they are on remand. Each person is assessed within 72 hours of their arrival and a resettlement plan is created. At least 12 weeks before release, resettlement staff work with a prisoner to help them prepare for release.

In support of this new service HM Prison Service has undergone a reconfiguration of the prison estate which ensures prisoners spend the final months of their sentence at a resettlement prison which is in their home Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) area. This will result in closer links to their home CRC and a consistent resettlement offer which is through the gate and into the community.

Our ‘Through the Gate’ Partners St Giles Trust is the lead organisation for BeNCH’s delivery of Through The Gate services. It is a charity that already works in a number of prisons across the UK.

St Giles Trust staff (called Resettlement Workers) meet with every person in prison during induction to prepare a Resettlement Plan with them. Staff will also work with Offender Learning and Skills and National Careers Service to support people into education, training and employment during their sentence and after release.

St Mungo’s Broadway is a housing association specialising in working with vulnerable individuals and those presenting complex needs, including offending. Langley House Trust is a national charity that delivers projects to support people to lead a crime free life.

Additional Services
Our additional services delivered by smaller partners include a mentoring service delivered and led by Community Resettlement Support Project (CRSP) and Sova. These mentoring projects will focus their support on improving service users’ employability and helping them to improve life skills and access to local services.

Ormiston Trust will join us as a provider of holistic family services, designed to support the service users’ reintegration into the community. We will commence a new service for veterans of the armed forces in custody – supporting veterans and linking
into national and local support services to manage the diverse and varied needs of this population.

We will also deliver a new domestic violence solutions program to work with perpetrators who are serving custodial sentences and to support both male and female victims of domestic abuse with any resettlement needs.

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