Prisoners’ Support Team

Liam

Liam was referred to the Prisoners’ Support Team before he was released from prison. He had an extensive criminal record that includes 36 convictions for offences including 14 sexual offences, offences against property, fraud and theft offences and 7 public order offences.

Liam had contact with psychological services from when he was only 7 years old, recently receiving a diagnosis of Personality Disorder. He has never had secure housing, living in hostels, bail accommodation and prison, whilst at other times sleeping rough or sofa surfing with friends. He had an extensive history of drug taking and started drinking heavily by his 20s.

Elmore is expert in working with people whose behaviour may be risky to staff. We carried out a thorough risk assessment in conjunction with Probation, the Thames Valley Police Public Protection Unit, his bail hostel and GP to find ways of working safely with him.

Elmore meet weekly with Liam to help him maintain his wellbeing. Working with Thames Valley Police Public Protection Unit we assisted Liam to maintain his statutory contact with the police. On several occasions he was close to going AWOL and Elmore worked with him to arrange meetings with the police.

Elmore has done a major piece of work around Liam’s housing, as he identified this as being important in achieving stability. He is on the waiting list for one of the homeless hostels and is accessing support from day centres.

Elmore have provided practical support around helping Liam to access support for his physical health needs, and in setting up a post office account. We liaised with his solicitors and provided support and advocacy in court. As a result of our support Liam has not received any further custodial sentences.

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