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The Family Engagement Worker (FEW) is a new role that has been developed in Risdon Prison.  Based on practices to provide prison based family support workers in UK prison Onesimus has developed a team of FEWs to support offenders and their families. 


Family Engagement Workers are focused on achieving the very best outcomes for offenders and their families; to reduce re-offending and to safeguard and improve the life chances of offenders' children and their families.


The Family Engagement Worker work directly with offenders and their families and in partnership with a range of professionals in prison and in the community.



In 2014 Norm Reed undertook a Churchill Fellowship Study visiting Singapore, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Wales, Scotland and England to examine the role of Family Engagement Worker.  Visiting 21 prisons Norm gained a good understanding of the current practices of organisations working with offender's and their families.


A copy of this report can be accessed on the Churchill Fellowship website by clinking this link.

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