An Evaluation of Restorative Gloucestershire’s work within the prison system: Process and Outcome Evaluation of Restorative Reasoning

Rees, Ella (2021) An Evaluation of Restorative Gloucestershire’s work within the prison system: Process and Outcome Evaluation of Restorative Reasoning. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/7PZ8RC27

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The research forms an analysis of the effectiveness of a six-week Restorative Reasoning pilot programme deployed within a UK women’s prison (Prison X) in early 2020, with 13 women participating. The analyses are based on a two stage Process and Outcome evaluation based on the QUALIPREV process as developed by Rummens et al (2016) and adapted by Hobson (2019). The analysis is based on data that encompasses the scope of the programme, including: interviews with the two programme designers and facilitators; the programme materials used during the scheme; interviews with the Prison Activities Hub manager and with the Prison Project Manager; and self-completion feedback forms from the 13 women that engaged in the programme. Overall, the pilot was found to have a range of positive effects for those that participated, and was implemented well within the prison as a pilot from an external agency. In particular, both participants, programme managers and the prion staff reported positive changes in attitude for the women that took part. Participants expressed an attitude change, particularly in being more open to discourse and discussion around the harm they may have caused and repair needed in relationships, evident in a subsequent request for referrals for further restorative work. Positive therapeutic relationships between practitioners and participants are also evident, with efforts to diminish any power imbalances and emphasise commonality and inclusivity. The paper also identifies challenges with scheme, including: challenges of accessibility and ensuring that the scheme is available to those struggling with literacy, learning difficulties and developmental issues; and the difficulties in transitioning the support in place in prison into the community on release.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Prison System; Restorative Reasoning; Learning difficulties; Development issues; Attitude change; QUALIPREV
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Kamila Niekoraniec
Date Deposited: 01 May 2024 13:41
Last Modified: 01 May 2024 15:08

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