Parc Prison – Bridgend
Do-IT Profiler is being used at Parc Prison in Bridgend to profile and assess offenders to assist with their education, planning and support. Working in a secure environment required the development of specific solutions and Do-IT Profiler is used with standalone computers, where data is transferred to their intranet to collect and collate the data and the ability to analyse the data within the prison setting. The data collected within the prison is an opportunity to understand the patterns of difficulties that may present or may not have ever been diagnosed or recognised.
Earlier work in prison settings using a paper based version of one of the tools from Do-IT Profiler has shown much higher levels of social and communication difficulties than expected. It has also differentiated patterns of difficulties from one offending group to another. This may be important in terms of intervention.
Research on the relationship between offending and learning difficulties within the prison using Do-IT Profiler is being explored as part of a PhD study.
Previous work using Do-IT Profiler has been published in ‘Forensic Update’ in 2006 by Kirby and Hayward , and this compared profiles of offenders from different settings including Usk prison, Cardiff and Parc Prisons, and with differing offending backgrounds.
Professor Amanda Kirby and Lisette Saunders from G4S HMP Parc Prison published in 2015 a special edition of the journal with a series of authors working in the field of developmental disorders and CJS in the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour.
In particular one article by the authors describe the successful use of Do-IT Profiler. The paper describes firstly the rationale for an embedded process for Learning Difficulties and Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System and in particularly in a prison setting. This is followed by an example of how this approach has been delivered in one offender setting. The use of Do-IT Profiler computerised assessment tool is described, and the way it has been used to undertake the initial screening processes and provide person centred guidance for staff and the individuals.The bio-psychosocial approach to supporting individuals moving through the Criminal Justice System is suggested as an approach that could be potentially used in other prisons settings. The paper also highlights some of the current challenges in doing so.
The article is available to download (for a fee or with subscription) on Emerald Insight here.