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The Basic Training In Prison Work

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The Basic Training In Prison Work

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									                Page 1: Back ground Page 2: Scheme of Work

                 The Basic Training in Prison Work (BTPW)
                          Background information.
The BTPW was created by Ricky Dehaney in response to a speech made by Director
General of Prisons, Phil Wheatley, in 2004. In a Manchester conference Wheatley said
that he would like Third Sector Organisations to work very closely with the Prison
Service, as long as they have staff that are trained and aware of Prison Issues.

At first, the course was designed for participants who wanted to volunteer in prison.
However, Prison Link soon identified the need to train & raise the awareness of those
people who have an interested in a variety of jobs relating to prison work, e.g. Probation,
Prison Officers, Drug Workers, Mentors, Chaplaincy Work and even prospective Police
Officers. As well as delivering the course at UEP Prison Link has delivered it at
Birmingham City University (formally known as UCE) Aston Christian Centre &
Calvary Community Centre.

The pivotal point of each session is the involvement of guest speakers e.g. Prison
Governors, Probation officers, law court officers, Chaplains, Security Officers (Prison
security and protocol is a vital part of the training) Police Officers and a very essential
talk from an ex-convict. One of the sessions features a tour of Birmingham Prison which
is the 2nd largest prison in Europe.

As well as the talks, featured in nearly every session, students are asked to participate in;
Ice breakers, Debates and discussion, group/team work, project design and a there is a
role-play session related to interacting and visiting prisoners.

Each session runs from 6pm to 9pm and lessons take place on a Tuesday evening, except
for the tour of the prison, which occurs during a working day. There are 10 sessions in
the scheme of work and the over-arching aim is to “To give information & raise
awareness to individuals who want to work in prison or with ex-offenders”. An
overarching objective is “By the end of the course, students will be able to function
professionally in a prison setting with both officials and inmates”.

This BTPW has very close links with Birmingham prison as most of the speakers are
members of staff there. The BTPW is also an Award of Birmingham Prison. Certificates
bear the name of the Governor of Birmingham. Many people have progressed from the
course to do a variety of activities. For example, in the past month 2 former participants
have become prison officers, one person has become a prison psychologist, another is
working for Drug Solutions and one person has recently obtained work with the National
Probation Service. Other Participants have gone on to do voluntary work with agencies
like Prison Link and Young Disciples (Work with gangs). This course is a great career
enhancer and it is delivered at least twice a year at Birmingham City University.
                                 Basic Training In Prison Work
              N.B. This is the scheme of work which varies from course to course
       Title of lesson    Resource People               Aim                         Objective
Week Introduction and                         To give an overview      Students will understand the
1    course outline                           and outline of the       value of the course and know if
                                              course and to            it relevant for them
                                              initially assess the
                                              students.
Week Prison Link &        Prison Link Staff   To give an overview      To enable students to decide
2    Voluntary sector                         of the work of Prison    whether they want to volunteer or
     organisations that                       Link                     work for Prison Link
     work with
     offenders
Week Volunteering         Volunteer co-       To give an overview      Students will participate in a
3    opportunities in     ordintor from B-    of volunteering          role-play regarding interacting
     Prisons              ham Prison          Opportunities in         with offenders.
                                              Prison
     Interacting with
     Prisoners & Ex-
     offenders.
Week The role of the      Probation Officer   To introduce             Students will be able to state the
4    modern                                   students to the          main mission of the service.
     Probation.                               purpose of the
     Service                                  service
Week Visit to             Volunteer co-       To see the reality of    Students will visit a wing, the
6    Birmingham           ordinator           a prison life during a   education department, the gym
     prison                                   working day              etc.
Week The local police     A Police Officer    To understand the        Students will list the key
7                                             role of the police       objectives of the police.
     The impact of        An ex-offender
     imprisonment of                          To increase the          To enable students to evaluate
     prisoners & their                        students awareness       the competing needs of the
     families                                 of the effects of        offender and the protection of
                                              prison                   society
Week Guns & Gangs         Young Disciples     To give an overview      Students will be able to define
8                                             of issues related to     why individuals join gangs.
                                              this topic
9    Visit to             Chaplain &          To tour all areas of     Students will tour the prison,
     Birmingham           Governor of B-      the prison               hear the chaplain & Governor
     Prison               ham Prison                                   talk about the prison.
Week Presentations &                          Students will exhibit    Students will demonstrate
10   evaluations                              their new skills by      learning outcomes.
                                              presenting a 10          .
                                              minute talk on a 3
                                              subjects covered
                                             during the course
N.B. The guest speaker only makes up a third of the session. The lessons also include role-play,
                       discussions and a variety of teaching methods.

								
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