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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 
  • A directory of services available to ex-ASPs in the Criminal Justice System in Wales has been developed
  • SToMP was awarded funding by Welsh Government’s VAWDASV team to undertake research focussing on ex-ASPs and healthy relationships. This research has been completed by Wrexham Glyndwr University 
  • SToMP has commissioned the University of Swansea to explore the barriers to ex-ASP disclosing their armed forces status throughout their journey through the Criminal Justice System
  • SToMP was awarded a small grant via the ‘First Step’ fund and has contracted ex-ASP charity CAIS / Change Step to deliver a Transition Officer role linked to the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC) in Colchester. This role, bilaterally managed by SToMP, is developing a pathway for ex-ASP transferring from MCTC to Welsh Prisons, and for those resettling back to Wales from MCTC who are not subject to statutory supervision. Other functions will be to build peer mentor relationships with Welsh ex-ASP currently and previously detained at MCTC and identify relevant support services to assist with resettlement to Wales 
  • SToMP was additionally awarded a Ministry of Defence Covenant grant to deliver a series of Prison Community Days across Welsh Prison estates throughout 2018. The community days aim to better integrate local communities, business and specialist charities with ex-ASP prisoners and their families. It intends to improve perceptions of prisoners and encourage improved service delivery to this vulnerable group within the Armed Forces community. This exciting series of events will culminate in the wider Armed Forces Day celebrations in Llandudno on 30 June 2018 

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

SToMP has developed a directory of services available to ex-ASPs in the Criminal Justice System in Wales. 

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

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SToMP Useful Resources

  1. Word Document

    SToMP Directory of Services

    Added: 15/05/2018
    Filesize: 4.67MB

    SToMP has produced a directory to provide practitioners with knowledge of local provision for ex-Armed Service Personnel across Wales, to further support the national function of the Veteran Gateway.

    Download here

  2. Word Document

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

    Added: 15/05/2018
    Filesize: 1.06MB

    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