Veterans Change Partnership

By: Life Change Initiative  05/08/2014
Keywords: Military Veteran Offenders, Offending Rehabilitation Programmes,

The Executive Summary of the new 'Target Operating Model Version 2 of the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme' seeks to promote quality, flexibility, freedom and innovation in the delivery of programmes of rehabilitation services. The Veterans Change Partnership (VCP) will meet these principles. Based at Seale Hayne near Newton Abbot in Devon and under the umbrella of the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, the VCP is specifically intended to provide comprehensive and intensive residential programmes of rehabilitation, intervention and support to those former military personnel and their families, who have entered or are at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System. Based upon the concept of positive relationships and an environmental approach to training and learning, the proposal is unique. Consisting of 3 phases, the strength of the programme rests in its eclectic and holistic design, with each element being closely interlinked, mutually supporting and not seen or delivered in isolation. Phase 1: - Initial referral / assessment – Initial referrals will stem from the requirements, guidance and signposting of external public sector agencies, service providers and/or partner organisations. (See Referral Pathways below) Phase 2: - 11 x Week Residential Rehabilitation programmes – Demanding and intensive 11 x week programmes of personal development, academic, social and life skills training, all of which are designed to reduce re-offending and enable the veteran offender and their family to forge new and positive lives as worthy citizens within society. Recognising the often profound impact of combat and military life, the programme will include neurological services for acquired brain Injury, mental health services addressing Combat Related Post Traumatic Distress Disorder (CRPTD), group/individual therapies and skills training (including NVQ and functional skills qualifications). An outline of the Phase 2 content is given at Annex A. In parallel with these programmes, additional help for family members will also be offered. These will include group and individual counselling / support and family information, advice and guidance. Phase 3: - Mentor and Centre support into accommodation, further training and employment – Enabling veterans to successfully complete the transition back into civilian and family life through a minimum of 9 months peer mentoring and VCP support. This phase will include links to other partners and their resources, addressing potential relapse prevention and ongoing motivation, family liaison, accommodation, training, volunteering, work placement and support networks. The programme will maintain high professional standards across both the National Probation Service (NPS), the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and other established and new providers, all of whom already work with military veterans and or offenders. It is intended that the University of Exeter and Peninsular Medical School will conduct regular monitoring and evaluation

Keywords: Military Veteran Offenders, Offending Rehabilitation Programmes,

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