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Arranging and reviewing your care and support

Arranging your care and support

Your social care worker will help you to prepare a support plan which will detail the care and support you need. It will include any support that will be provided, for example, equipment, or someone to help you, and how long it will be for.

We will also look at support that is available to you in the prison, for example, peer support or support groups, increased access to services, such as the gym, library, classes or training opportunities. This will be subject to availability within the prison and the need to meet any criteria the prison may have.

The support that will not be included is:

  • anything that is normally provided through the Health Service, this could include specific equipment
  • anything that is illegal or would not promote your wellbeing
  • access to services outside of the prison

Reviewing your care and support

Even if everything is going well, your social care worker will check to make sure that your support is working for you. This is called a review.

A review is about:

  • checking if your needs or circumstances have changed
  • checking if your support plan is achieving what was agreed and if not, what needs to be done
  • making sure you are healthy and safe
  • making sure your reviews are happening often enough

After your review, you and your social care worker will have a good idea about what has been going well and what hasn't worked. You will also have agreed whether or not you want to make any changes and if so, start making these changes so that your support plan works the way you want it to.

If your needs change between reviews, ask the health or prison staff to contact your social care worker for you.

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