Managing Homelife

A programme for prisoners and their partners to prepare them for effective resettlement

Managing Homelife is suitable for medium to high risk offenders (and their partners), who are due to leave prison within 6 months of course completion. The programme is underpinned by conflict resolution techniques and explores all aspects of how to achieve a 'healthy relationship'.

  • Delivered in groups of between 4 & 16 participants with offender learners and their partners
  • Improve emotional management and communication skills
  • Reduce aggressive and problematic behaviour within the home
  • Understand the causes and consequences of confrontation in relationships
  • Victim awareness including impact offending behaviour has on home and family life
  • Preparation for release
  • Explore non-violent interaction patterns between partners
  • Excellent completion rates
  • All inclusive packages available at two levels: £600 & £1800. Unit head cost £15 per session

Managing Homelife uses drama and associated teamwork, problem solving, presentation and discussion methods which enhance the learners' development. Increased skills including:
• Speaking and listening
• Communication
• Literacy
• Drama and presenting
Social and Therapeutic benefits:
• Increased esteem and self-worth
• Confidence and empathy levels are raised
• Coping mechanisms, alternative strategies and awareness of triggers for destructive behaviour

Case study

Male A took part in an 8 week Managing Homelife programme
body managinghomeWhat his partner said:
"In the last ten years of him being in and out of jail, we've never been to anything like this. It's exactly what we needed."

What he said:
"There is no other course like this. It's very practical and it helps me to see things properly rather than just talking about them"

Pre course male A:
• Lacked confidence
• Unable to effectively communicate with partner
• Regular verbal fights whilst in custody over issues regarding partner and children

Post and during Managing Homelife male A:
• Improved communication with partner
• Partner and offender both took responsibility for behaviour in relationship
• Openly discussed drugs problem with partner for first time
• Reported more closeness and less arguments
• Made and evaluated housing, financial and parenting plans for release
• Notable increase in confidence in both partner and offender