A personalisation model for criminal justice

PERU is working with Interserve / Purple Futures to develop new, more personalised ways of working with service users in the criminal justice system. Interserve, supported by PERU has embarked on a ‘personalisation’ project to develop, pilot and evaluate more innovative approaches to personalised ways of working with service users, promoting positive life choices, tackling root causes of lifestyle problems, and building personal capacity and resilience. This works draws on 'desistance research' and the Good Lives Model as well as a series of publications by PERU staff which have explored practical approaches to implementing personalisation in the criminal justice system and how to commission personalised services. 

What is the need?

Interserve / Purple Futures is committed to co-designing personalised rehabilitative support packages with service users that both enables them to change and delivers the sentence. Such an approach offers an intensive service that maximises service user direction and integration into local communities.

What are we doing?

A project team has been established by Interserve/Purple Futures to develop, test and pilot different approaches to Personalisation. PERU is working closely with this team with a particular focus on evaluation and PERU’s Chris Fox is also part of the project steering group.

A review of relevant research and previous projects was undertaken and a long-list of concepts linked to personalisation have been identified for possible further development and testing in one of more of Interserve’s Community Rehabilitation Companies. To test how these concepts will work in practice, we are setting up small-scale ‘proof of concept’ tests. PERU will be supporting evaluation of them. From this initial work promising concepts will be developed into on or more pilot approaches and PERU will be supporting their evaluation.

What will be the outcomes?

‘Proof of concept’ tests to ‘go live’ in autumn 2016. PERU will be supporting evaluation of them and reporting on their progress.

From this initial work promising concepts will be developed into on or more pilot approaches that will be taken forward during 2017 and PERU will be supporting their evaluation and reporting on their progress.

What are the timescales?

This project commenced in 2016 and is expected to run for at least 2 years.

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