Winners: UK Sexual Health Awards
Working with our healthcare team at HMP & YOI Styal, we adapted our successful RSE Programme aimed at young people in schools, to work with vulnerable women in prison, who have had little exposure to this education. This led to the team winning the Pamela Sheridan vategory at the Brook/Family Planning Association’s UK Sexual Health Awards in 2015.
Spectrum, lead healthcare provider at HMP & YOI Styal (a female prison in the North West) introduced the very first RSE programme in a prison setting.
The programme reduced risk and improved resilience around sexual health by empowering the female prisoners. Packed with advice, support and bespoke materials to encourage prisoners to make positive and informed choices, the programme targets vulnerable residents, including those with substance misuse issues, special needs, any history of domestic abuse, violence, or involvement within the sex trade or residents who have special needs. Many of the women had dropped out from school in earlier life and had no prior knowledge of sexual health issues or education.
Being held in a secure environment meant that tradiitonal tools could not be used to deliver the RSE programme – security restrictions meant that the team had to be more creative and innovative. The learning and practise developed can be applied in a variety of different environments.
The RSE programme also has implications with community based services, as the female prisoners, who are often on short term sentences, return to society and support is needed to continue.
The programme has a high success rate with a waiting list for sessions.