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SToMP

Supporting Transition of Military Personnel (SToMP) was funded to design and deliver a whole system approach, coordinating a consistent service for ex-Armed Services Personnel (ASP) across Wales from police call out, through custody suites, court, probation, prison and resettlement into the community, which identifies ex-ASP and signposts them to specialist support services in order to meet individual needs.

SToMP is specifically designed to deploy combined public and voluntary sector resources to their best effect, integrating multi agency processes and service provision pathways and extending existing examples of good practice across Wales and beyond. 

SToMP acts as the main point of contact for ex-ASP support services for criminal justice organisations, communicating information via a network of ex-ASP Champions and organisational newsletters and intranets.

Progress to Date:

  • An All Wales Prisoner Pathway has been implemented to ensure consistent identification of and support for ex-ASP across all prisons in Wales, and to support the smooth transition of ex-ASP between prisons. This enhances the resettlement services of Wales Community Rehabilitation Company by providing a consistent assessment and referral process to specialist support services 
  • Identified, engaged and trained a network of Champions across Wales from various criminal justice agencies, including the Police and National Probation Service, who maintain an up-to-date directory of local resources for ex-ASP and are a source of advice and support for their colleagues about issues pertinent to ex-ASP
  • Delivered awareness training for criminal justice system staff across Wales, and identified and shared good practice with partners including the police, probation, prisons, and COBSEO, around effectively working with ex-ASP
  • Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC ) prisoner pathway established, to support men transferring from MCTC to Welsh Prisons, and for those resettling back to Wales from MCTC who are not subject to statutory supervision
  • Initiated communication campaigns and awareness raising, including producing branded promotional material for custody suites, probation offices, court and Prisons
  • Engaged in positive networking events, Armed Forces day and Community days, which has helped to raise awareness, and promote team building and collaborative working
  • Commissioned research to support improved service delivery for ex-ASP’s, including: Wrexham Glyndwr University: Ex-Armed Service Personnel, Healthy Relationships and Domestic Abuse: A Qualitative Study; and Swansea University: Ex-Armed Service Personnel in the Criminal Justice System in Wales – Barriers to Identification and Signposting to Specialist Services
  • Commissioned three short films which are Wales-specific and which focus on and promote the problems ex-ASP may face leaving service, and their experiences interacting with criminal justice services
  • Promoting ex-ASP specific support helplines throughout the Welsh prison estate to encourage consistent access to available support
  • Developed a monthly data report disseminated to all our stakeholders which has helped to monitor the increasing identification of ex-ASP in the criminal justice system in Wales and address any needs

Case examples:

Case 1 served in the Armed Forces and became alcohol dependant. He was sentenced to a custodial sentence and was transferred to the specialist Ex-ASP Unit, Endeavour, at HMP Parc. Case 1 participated in the ex-ASP group meetings at the Endeavour Unit and was able to access support from ex-ASP agencies such as Care After Combat and SSAFA. With support from these charities and his Offender Manager, Case 1 was released from custody and secured accommodation and employment with the homeless charity Emmaus. Case 1 stated that without the support of fellow veterans and the group meetings at the Endeavour Unit, he feels he would have again become alcohol dependant on release and reoffended. He felt the support he received gave him "the best chance ever of living a normal life".

Case 2 was sentenced to a substantial custodial sentence. Case 2 assisted staff at HMP Cardiff in setting up the veterans care system and organising the monthly meetings, and he was also a peer mentor within the Prison. Case 2 worked with Care After Combat and has been offered employment as a mentor. He praises the commitment of all the agencies that attend the monthly veterans meetings at HMP Cardiff. Having now been released from prison, Case 2 would like to work with the SToMP Project in the future to offer advice and support to veterans who have entered the Prison system.

Directory of Services

For information on local provision for ex-ASP across Wales, please visit the following links:

https://www.dewis.wales/

https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/

https://www.cobseo.org.uk/members/directory/

Ex-Armed Service Personnel Service User Videos

These three films were commissioned to feature the ongoing experiences of ex- Armed Service Personnel (ASP) as they make the transition to civilian life and who, for one reason or another, have found themselves involved in the criminal justice system. Through testimonies, the films show how this has impacted upon their lives and how with the right support at the right time, they are managing or have managed to make the required positive changes to allow them to exit the system and to stay crime free.

The films present an inspiring and engaging journey into the lives of people who found themselves involved in the judicial system, and the positive impact SToMP and the professionals they come into contact with, are having in their lives. They are intended to raise awareness of the importance of identifying and signposting ex-ASP, and be an informative guide for professionals.

 

The Trouble with Transition

 

Support Networks

 

A Positive Journey

SToMP Latest News

SToMP Useful Resources

  1. PDF Document

    SToMP commissions research into the barriers to disclosure and access to specialist services for Ex-Armed Services Personnel in the criminal justice system in Wales

    Added: 10/12/2019
    Filesize: 1.36MB

    SToMP commissioned Swansea University, on behalf of partners in Wales, to carry out research into the barriers to disclosure facing ex-ASP within the Criminal Justice System and associated agencies, identify how disclosure of ex-ASP status can be encouraged and supported, and identify how ex-ASP can be supported to access appropriate specialist services.

    Download here

  2. PDF Document

    SToMP commissions research into Ex-Armed Service Personnel, Healthy Relationships and Domestic Abuse

    Added: 15/05/2018
    Filesize: 0.54MB

    Following funding received from the Welsh Government Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) team SToMP commissioned Wrexham Glyndwr University to carry out research exploring the difficulties some ex-Armed Service Personnel may face in forming and sustaining healthy relationships following transition back into civilian life, and where this may lead to subsequent contact with the criminal justice system.

    Download here

  3. Service Leavers Guide

    Added: 03/04/2020
    Filesize: 0MB

    This Ministry of Defence guidance provides information and advice to ex-ASP on a range of topics as they prepare to leave regular service, including what support is available, who can provide it, and what action needs to be taken to access it.

    Click here

  4. PDF Document

    Independent Review of the SToMP project

    Added: 10/12/2019
    Filesize: 1.57MB

    Following completion of Phase 1 of the SToMP project, SToMP have commissioned Swansea University to evaluate collective progress of criminal justice and partner agencies in Wales in supporting ex-ASP. This evaluation captured what works well and what more can be done to support ex-ASP, with recommendations incorporated into the SToMP phase 2 programme plan.

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