Supporting young people who have been in care

At HMP&YOI Low Newton and HMP&YOI Deerbolt

Nepacs has successfully been awarded a HMPPS innovations fund grant to deliver a pilot project for young women at HMP & YOI Low Newton and young men at HMP & YOI Deerbolt who have had experience of being in care and may have lost social support networks in the community.  

Aim: to improve contact for care experienced prisoners with their local authority personal advisors, families, carers  and significant others; and to immprove resettlement outcomes by  supporting this group of young people to feel more connected to their communities.  

What support will be provided?

The project workers will work with the care leaver, up to aged 25 years, to help create a support network, through domestic visits, phone calls and letters, for the young person in their home area; to support them whilst serving the sentence but also around the planned release.

Longer term, the project will also co-produce, with a cohort of the young people, a programme which will focus on the following issues and areas:

  • Building and sustaining positive relationships       

  • Low self esteem and self confidence

  • Improved communication skills

  • Improved emotional health and well-being

  • Develop independent living skills

  • Increased sense of citizenship

Please get in touch with Dawn Simpson if you would like further information about the project or for opportunities to develop the work in any way.  Email: 

With thanks to funding from HMPPS