Prison term as a possibility – mutual clients of networks supporting social inclusion and employment (2016–2019)

The aim of the project called "Prison term as a possibility" is to help people with a criminal background reintegrate into society and desist from crime by way of individual work with the clients, experiments on new forms of service, network cooperation, joint development, and recommendations. The long-term goal is to promote sentenced offenders' prospects of crime-free life, social inclusion, and employment with the help of rehabilitation, inclusion, education, and employment services.

The European Social Fund provided funding for the Criminal Sanctions Agency, the Rehabilitation Foundation, the Prisoners' Health Care Unit of the National Institute for Health and Welfare, the ViaDia ry, and the Helsinki Deaconess Institute to promote the social inclusion of people with a criminal background and, thus, reduce recidivism for the years 2016-2019. During that period, about 2 million euros will be invested in the project by the European Social Fund via the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health as well as by the parties carrying out the project via self-financing.

The aim is to:

  1. develop influential, well-timed and cost-effective service paths that support inclusion and employment;

  2. provide information on prisoners' working and functioning capacity to support the arrangement of services;

  3. draw up recommendations for different authorities in order to develop and enhance cooperation and, thus, prepare for the upcoming social welfare and health care reform.

In addition, all subprojects have their own specific targets:

      • The subproject of the National Institute for Health and Welfare will generate a joint tool for assessing the working and functioning capacity and working with people with a criminal background that can be used by the Criminal Sanctions Agency, municipalities, employment and economic development offices, employment service centres, and other operators.

      • The aim of the Rehabilitation Foundation's subproject is to ensure the know-how of the network and that all parties of the network have knowledge of the social welfare and health care services, the employment services, the activities and possibilities of the third sector, as well as the rehabilitative contents of the sanctions. The Rehabilitation Foundation is also responsible for the evaluation of the project.

      • The subproject of the ViaDia ry will offer low-threshold work and daytime activities as well as group and housing services for people with a criminal background. In cooperation with the network, the ViaDia ry will develop the services as part of its Varikko Project which prepares people for inclusion, employment, and good everyday life.

      • The subproject of the Helsinki Deaconess Institute will develop the work with young Romany people with a criminal background in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.

      • In its subproject, the Criminal Sanctions Agency will develop influential and well-timed paths, which support rehabilitation and employment, in cooperation with the network and as part of the activities of the Criminal Sanctions Agency, the cross-sectoral joint service system (employment service centre network) as well as the third sector and peer support organisations. One of the practical goals is that the cooperation network would have uniform client criteria regarding their services. Three employment service centre networks located in southwest, central, and southern Finland are involved in the subproject. In addition, there is cooperation with other employment service centre networks. The special themes of the Criminal Sanctions Agency's subproject are multiculturalism and gender sensitivity.

Further information: Project Manager Kati Kaarlejärvi, kati.kaarlejarvi@om.fi, tel.+358 50 343 9593

Public name of the project:
Prison term as a possibility! Mutual clients of networks supporting social inclusion and employment

Start date: 1 October 2016
End date: 30 June 2019
Policy 5: Social inclusion and combating poverty
Specific target 10.1: Improving the working and functioning capacity of those outside the labour market
Main funding: The European Social Fund via the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health


 
Published 6.3.2018