The service is designed to help reduce reoffending rates amongst young people in custody by enabling them to maintain healthy relationships and improve their confidence and wellbeing.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 April 2010 to 12:00 PM, 1 March 2013
Relationships and sexual health issues are more acute in the prison population than in general: HIV rates are 15 times higher. Fewer are married and divorce rates are higher. Government research indicates that prisoners who maintain healthy relationships are 20% less likely to reoffend. Experience in past relationships can be a significant factor in the pathway to offending, particularly for females: this has been corroborated by CY‚Äôs experience to date in delivering this service.
The service works with male and female prisoners aged under 25 and prisoners of any age who are parents. Using a combination of group and one-to-one support and education, the service addresses issues including relationships, risk-taking behaviour, assertiveness sills, STIs and contraception, sexuality and parenting. The combination of relationships and sexual health suppport is unique in Scottish prisons and has been developed in consultation with other agencies supporting prisoners.
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