CFMH supports ‘Chance to Change’

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Tackling the root cause of offending through therapeutic intervention

Chance 2 Change is the core project of Beyond Youth CIC and its rationale follows a three practice approach which is:

  1. Group psychotherapy using the methods of Dr Irvin D Yalom
  2. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as pioneered by Dr Aaron Beck
  3. The Addiction Treatment Programme as overseen by Dr Neil Brener.

In creating this programme, evidence and experience has been drawn upon from all 3 approaches and applied to the client group which demonstrates an inability to understand or regulate their own behaviour.

Prisoners can often struggle to make sense of life events and can lack the emotional intelligence and self-awareness to understand either themselves or their behaviour patterns.

The central premise of the rationale behind Chance 2 Change is that behaviours are learnt from the environment we are brought up in, for example, if we learn that we are not cared for by those responsible for nurturing, it is impossible to know how to care for ourselves or others therefore there is no ability to perceive the victims perspective. Further traumatic childhood issues can create co-dependence and the primary feature of co-dependence is abandonment of self, which means adapting ourselves to fit in with others. Chance 2 Change encourages prisoners to first identify, secondly acknowledge, thirdly understand, fourthly respect and finally bring about steps to change.

                        This intervention averages a 74% non-reconviction rate

Key Facts about Chance 2 Change

  1. The course is voluntary, with self-referral frequent
  2. Our attendance rate is high (98% completion rate)
  3. Delivery is flexible – typically the eight two-hour sessions are delivered over a period of 2/3 weeks. It can also be delivered in relation to the end of the prison sentence.
  4. The course is short (16 hours in total), making it attractive to prison management
  5. Support beyond delivery can be provided by our facilitator, which is in contrast to other behavioural courses in prison.

“I would say Chance 2 Change is the most positive course I have ever done even out of jail and the facilitator is the best teacher. She will listen to you, she is understanding and best of all she don’t judge you”.

Results – What we have delivered & achieved with your funding:

During the period of funding a total of 38 young offenders were referred to commence the programme and 32 completed it.  We have worked with more females (21) than males. Two programmes were delivered within a secure prison setting (HMP Bronzefield) and 2 in a community setting. The following deliverables have been achieved:

  • We mapped out a network of partners, referral routes and key stakeholders.  This allowed us to build robust relationships which streamlines our delivery process and encourages strong information sharing to ensure the best outcomes for young people.
  • We attended a number of events hosted by a partner organisation and presented our work.  We also sought feedback from young people about how they felt we could address their needs and what was important to them.  Some of our previous beneficiaries, who were also in the care system, joined us and shared their stories.
  • We have continued to build our network of employers and agencies who can support our work and are pleased with the development of this element of the project, especially our links with the Ready For Work programme.

We have achieved the following outcomes:

  • 32 young offenders have completed the therapy programme allowing them to increase their self-confidence, self-esteem and emotional resilience
  • 32 young people have completed a life plan which detailed their goals, strengths and skills making particular reference to employment
  • 32 young people have demonstrated increased self-awareness, motivation to succeed and awareness of the support available to them
  • 32 young people have been supported to access our employment readiness programme and completed a series of workshops allowing them to become better equipped to enter employment
  • 30 young people achieved the opportunity to experience the work place and complete placements
  • 24 young people have achieved sustained employment/training from these opportunities to date

Click here to read more detail about our programme and key achievements