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The Basic Training In Prison Work
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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