Only 25% of men and 20% of women leave prison with some form of employment in the UK. [1] Finding and sustaining a job is one of the most effective ways of preventing reoffending and successfully facilitating rehabilitation.

Graham Durcan is Associate Director at the Centre for Mental Health. For the last 16 years, he has led their work in Criminal Justice. In this role, he has worked on projects covering prisons, secure care services, resettlement and probation.

In this video, Graham discusses the delivery of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) schemes in prisons to help open offenders’ employment pathways. He shares the principles of a ‘place then train’ approach and how it can support those with vulnerabilities until they find employment upon release.

[1] Centre for Mental Health, Employment After Prison, (2021)

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Only 25% of men and 20% of women leave prison with some form of employment in the UK. We heard from Graham Durcan, Associate Director at the Centre for Mental Health, about how Individual Placement and Support (IPS) schemes can help improve employment opportunities for prisoners upon their release.

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