What is the Prison Profiler?
The Profiler contains a range of batteries that can be used in a variety of ways. The practitioner can choose any combinations of assessments to obtain results based on the required outcomes.
Among the buffet of assessment batteries are course choices/placement, mental health (wellness), disability, dyslexia screener, occupational challenges (visual spatial, copy typing), study skills, study background information (home context, travelling, exposure to trauma etc) and exit (work readiness) screeners. The system also offers a full management dashboard that allows for the evaluation and monitoring functionalities. The most useful is the fact that it has multi-access levels for lecturers, support officers and higher level management – all segmented according to a “need-to-know” level.
Tell Me More?
Do-IT Profiler is a screening and support tool that is currently being used in the UK prisons (now in SA) to support individuals on their rehabilitation journey to reintegrate into society. The purpose of using Profiler is to provide a person centred, holistic screener to identify an individual’s strengths and barriers which enables targeted support. Identifying and providing the right support whilst in prison, empowers the individual to take control of their lives. By knowing their strengths and areas for development enables the person to improve their skills and facilitates their growth. By developing their potential whilst in prison, the individual is able to increase their chances of employment and social engagement therefore becoming a valued member of society which reduces the person’s risk of reoffending with the subsequent positive cost benefit on the economy. Do-IT Profiler can support the aim of reducing reoffending as once the individuals strengths and barriers have been identified, it allows the correctional staff/NGO staff to target what the individual needs support with and how their strengths can be built upon, therefore building confidence, valuing the individual and giving them self worth to find employment on release.
Do-IT Profiler takes a whole person approach to screening and assessing the individual by identifying their skills, abilities and barriers through accessible screening and learning modules. Individuals in prison are assessed to identify their learning difficulties and disabilities, literacy and numeracy skills, mental health, well being.
“People with learning disabilities are not a homogeneous group…
they are all individuals with a wide range of life experiences, strengths, weaknesses and support needs.
However, many will share common characteristics which might make them especially vulnerable as they enter and travel through the criminal justice system.”
No One Knows, Talbot, 2008
Do-IT Profiler provides the individual and staff working with them in prison, an individualised report identifying what skills and abilities he/she has that can be matched to current labour market intelligence. The report also identifies areas where the individual has challenges and provides personalised, practical care strategies for the individual and the correctional staff to be able to support them in braking down and managing their barriers. Do-IT Profiler provides a range of learning modules that can support the individuals: literacy, numeracy and ICT.
“A screening tool was administered to all prisoners and a score was generated that gave an indication as to where a prisoner had a high level of need, and in which areas these needs were concentrated. Where a high level of need was identified, this prompted a case review between the prisoner, a prisoner mentor, residential and activities staff and a learning disability nurse, from which a supported living plan was generated, identifying how these needs were to be best deal with.” Lisette Saunders, Deputy Director of HMP YOI Parc Prison G4S
Although there is a financial cost in screening all prisoners on their induction into the prison, the cost is worth it due to reductions in the use of segregation and the use of control and restraint.
A joint inspection of the treatment of offenders with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system– phase two in custody and the community March 2015:27
Do-IT Profiler is an important tool in assessing how best to support offenders with learning difficulties and disabilities. It has been integral to the work we have been doing here at Parc to train staff who support individuals in this area
Lisette Saunders, Deputy Director of HMP YOI Parc Prison G4S
Only one prison, had a process for screening all prisoners which took place
during the induction stage. The screening tool used was not a specific learning disability tool but asked social, communication, literacy, numeracy, attention and coordination questions. It also provided guidance for staff working with vulnerable prisoners with poor communication and intellectual skills.”
Good practice example: HMP/YOI Parc