Dr Zoe Stephenson has published a paper from a study commissioned by the Ministry of Justice. The research explored the issue of the sequencing of interventions with offenders from the perspective of Offender Managers and Offender Supervisors working in HMPPS in the West Midlands.
Participants discussed current practice regarding the sequencing of interventions and made suggestions regarding tailoring the sequence of interventions to the individual offender. The issue of readiness to change was emphasised (i.e. engagement with interventions will increase where offenders are able to participate in an intervention when they feel ready to do so).
Suggestions were made by participants regarding the coherent sequencing of interventions; for example, providing prisoners with experience of a generic group intervention prior to an offence-specific intervention, prioritising motivation to change and being responsive to the needs of individual offenders.