Group work services
The Group Work Services Team delivers two community based group work programmes that can be delivered either in a group setting or a 1:1, 2:1 basis.
The groups delivered are:
- Moving Forward Making Changes Programme (MFMC)
- Domestic Abuse Group work Programme (DAGP)
Moving Forward Making Changes
Moving Forward: Making Changes is a cognitive-behavioural programme which utilises social learning theories designed to address sexual offending behaviour. The Moving Forward: Making Changes Programme takes an individualised approach using an open rolling group format with increased emphasis on the therapeutic process, individual formulation and a focus on the areas of most relevance to the individual’s risk and need.
Aims of MFMC
The overall aim of the programme is to work with men convicted of sexual offences to assist them in leading a productive life that does not involve harming others. Within a rehabilitative framework of the Good Lives model, practitioners will be encouraged to work with group participants to lead a better life and reduce their problems, in addition to ensuring they lead an offence-free life. Intervention will be framed within a strengths-based theoretical approach that views completion of group work as something that will benefit the individual, and highlights their role as the primary agent of change. To reflect this, each individual will be supported in developing their own plan for change based on the primary goods of most importance to them. The Moving Forward: Making Changes Programme is not something that is delivered to participants, but rather that they are actively involved in influencing the outcome of their participation.
Domestic Abuse Group Programme (DAGP) and aims
The DAGP is a cognitive behavioural programme developed to assist men in addressing their abusive behaviour towards intimate partners and the effects this has on their family. It is a rolling modular 20 week programme delivered in two hour weekly sessions. The men attending group will be expected to discuss openly about their offending behaviour, reflecting on changes they can make to their behaviour to reduce further re-offending. They will learn to understand the impact domestic abuse offending can have on their victims and children. Alternative coping strategies for stress, anger etc. will be learned alongside other non-abusive ways of relating to partners. A support service is also offered via a Family Support Worker to the partner/ex-partners of those men whilst they undertake the DAGP.
The participants on the above programmes will be subject to either a Court Order such as a Community Payback Order or a Post Custodial Sentence Supervision Licence such as Parole or Extended Sentence.
The particular Order or Licence will have an added condition requiring the offender to take part on the programme.
Attendance on the programme is an addition to the normal requirements of the Order or Licence.
There are many rules and requirements attached to participation on the group work programmes. There are consequences to the offender if these are not adhered to such as:
- recall to prison
- return to Court through breach proceedings