Assessing the needs of offenders
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Assessing the needs of offenders

Sarah New Lead learning disability nurse, Her Majesty’s Prison Parc, Bridgend
Neil James Senior lecturer, Faculty of life sciences and education of the University of South Wales

Sarah New and Neil James discuss the planning and implementation of a secondary screening process for people newly transferred to a prison

The needs of offenders with learning disabilities or difficulties entering prison should be recognised and met promptly. This article describes how HMP Parc, a prison and young offenders institution for males in South Wales, introduced a secondary screening process to identify these needs. As a result, care planning, appropriate support packages and outcomes for offenders with learning disabilities have improved, and there is greater work satisfaction among the staff.

Learning Disability Practice. 17, 2, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/ldp2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 13 December 2013

Accepted: 10 January 2014