The recovery wing at HMYOI Deerbolt is an integrated unit of Discipline and Non-Clinical staff who support young adult offenders through the part of their Recovery journey they serve in prison. Each offender resident on the recovery unit has a compact of commitment to SMART recovery (an alternative to traditional 12-step models) which has been found to be the most suitable model for the specific needs of our population.
Every offender has a comprehensive assessment and individually tailored Recovery Plan collaboratively agreed with his DART (Drug and Alcohol Recovery Team) Recovery Coordinator.
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We are keen to offer placements for basic experience of, and involvement in, Recovery Coordination work (substance misuse) with young adult offenders within a custodial setting.
In terms of the Recovery agenda, we view this as potentially mutually beneficial for the offenders with whom we work, and for those ex-service wo/men who wish to explore the work we do and whether they may wish to pursue a specific career path or interest thereafter in this area. Our young adult offenders are striving to resettle into civilian life away from the previous lifestyle they have know on custody and alcohol / substance use.
Although our service wo/men dedicated their lives to protecting, the pathway back to civilian life when they are no longer in a position to serve, has strong parallels. Perhaps the most significant parallel is the collaboration of disciplines alongside the strength of individuals with shared objectives; i.e. recovery and integration.
For our young adult offenders who are committing to their Recovery Journey, the opportunity to work alongside service wo/men who can impart the critical nature of shared responsibility and collective strength in progression, could be invaluable.
We welcome the opportunity to offer day placements with the further possibility of mutually agreed placements on the recovery wing, that meet the needs of ex-service wo/men in exploring future career paths and our needs on the recovery wing. It is also possible that we can develop links in other areas such as education, discipline, chaplaincy, and / or others.
For a day placement, there would be the opportunity of an overall sense of what we are aiming to achieve, how we are doing so as well as interaction with all staff disciplines and young offenders. Further potential options could be mentoring, teaching, advocacy as part of gaining skills and experience. These could all be tailored to the needs of all parties.