Support and Monitoring

Support & Monitoring

Residents at the Approved Premises have access to a range of purposeful activities aimed to support them to address issues that led to their offending and to develop the skills for them to lead an offending-free life in future.

A placement at Elizabeth Fry House enables women to access support in relation to the nine identified pathways to re-offending: 
 
Accommodation
  • Housing and link worker to support residents to identify their options for move on and help them to secure accommodation
  • We can provide a move on pack to residents leaving the Approved Premises
  • Referrals to a number of local housing providers such as Launchpad, where the resident has a link to Reading
 
Employment, Training and Education
  • Support from local employers regarding applying for work
  • Access to laptop to prepare CV and job search
  • ​Acess to a range of training opportunities through Learn Direct
 
Health
  • Sessions with Health Outreach Liaison Team (HOLT) Nurses on site
  • Access to sexual health nurse on site
  • Sessions on healthy eating and nutrition
  • Access to sessions with a fully qualified counsellor on site
  • Opportunities to spend time with the Charity's Pets As Therapy Dog
  • Good links with the Reading Walk In Health Clinic and local Pharmacy
  • ​Smoking cessation sessions at the Approved Premises.
Drugs and Alcohol
  • Substance Misuse Worker providing one to one, group work and referrals to partner agencies
  • Appointments with link worker from local prescribing service on site
  • Support/signposting to attend local AA and NA meetings
  • Regular drug and alcohol testing
 
Finance, Benefit and Debt
  • ​Access to Citizens Advice Bureau Advisor on site
  • Support to budget
  • Support to access benefits
Children and Families
  • Access to parenting classes off site
  • Opportunities to explore what a healthy relationship is and how to achieve this
  • Referrals for specialist support for victims of domestic abuse
Attitudes, Thinking and Behaviour
  • Group and one to one sessions exploring the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • Victim Awareness work
  • Assertiveness sessions
Abuse and Violence
  • Access to counselling sessions on premises
  • Referrals to specialist Trauma Therapy
  • Access to support from Berkshire Women's Aid and Crossing Bridges
  • One to one and group work regarding healthy relationships, including delivery of The Freedom Programme on site.
Prostitution
  • Links with Rahab, an agency providing support to sex workers in Reading
 
Each resident is allocated an Offender Supervisor who acts as their keyworker whilst they are at the Approved Premises and meets with them on a regular basis. During one of their first meetings the resident and Offender Supervisor will work together to complete an Outcome Star assessment. This is a tool which helps to identify which are the most important goals for the resident to focus on whilst they are at Elizabeth Fry. Once the assessment is completed, the resident and their Offender Supervisor write an action plan for the resident's stay.  
 

We provide an environment where residents’ behaviour and any additional restrictions included as part of their  licence or bail conditions can be monitored. This is achieved through 24-hour staffing, CCTV monitoring, room searches, random drug and alcohol testing, curfews and monitoring of additional licence conditions.
 
Staff from Elizabeth Fry Approved Premises work closely with the National Probation Service (NPS), Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) and Thames Valley Police and make a significant contribution to the assessment and management of risk and the MAPPA process.