About PRHA

 

Support for people in the criminal justice system

PRHA provides a range of specialist services for people involved in the criminal justice system.

Islington & Tower Hamlets Link Worker Services

The Link Worker service offers support to people with mental health issues who have had recent contact with the criminal justice system. We actively re-engage with people and support them to stop the ‘revolving door’ of offending.

We can work with people over the age of 18, with a local connection to Islington or Tower Hamlets & who have had recent contact with the criminal justice system. The Tower Hamlets team is primarily aimed at clients who receive sentences of one year or less (‘non-statutory’ clients).

We offer a range of support, tailored to the individual including:  

  • help to access treatment/support for mental or physical health issues
  • help to access treatment for drug &/or alcohol use
  • support to access housing &/or maintain tenancy
  • Support to access & maximize benefits
  • Preparing for release from prison
  • Access to education, training & work
  • Help managing legal & court issues
  • Support to re-engage with positive activities & move towards recovery

We can work with people for up to two years.  We have access to HM Prisons Holloway, Brixton & Pentonville.  We also work with our local police custody suites, helping to refer people on remand to suitable sources of advice and health support.

 

Client referrals

Agencies may refer clients to the Linkworker Teams. We also accept direct referrals - download a referral form for Tower Hamlets referrals here.  For Islington referrals, click here.

Download the Tower Hamlets Service Leaflet here.

Download the Islington Service leaflet here.

 

Involvement & Consultation

User-Consultancy project

PRHA received funding in 2013 from the Lankelly Chase Foundation to set up a new three-year engagement project. The project  recruits service users with complex needs to train as consultants. The consultants highlight good practice and systemic problems faced by people who find it difficult to get support. We  collaborate with local commissioners and policy makers to ensure that learning is fed back to help bring about positive changes in referral and support systems.

‘Upbeat’ is our Tower Hamlets based user-led group for clients who have experienced mental health issues & involvement in the criminal justice system. ‘Upbeat’ aims to reduce social isolation and enables people to, develop positive social networks and try new activities and build new friendships.

Tower Hamlets Community of Practice (‘CoP’):   

PRHA initially received funding from The University of London & the Revolving Doors Agency in 2013 to establish a Community of Practice. This work is continuing with a monthly meeting of frontline workers from a range of social care disciplines who look at best practice & review complex client issues relating to severe & multiple disadvantage. The meetings focus  on case-based learning and reflection.  

The ‘CoP’ is a forum for sharing research evidence & provides access to the latest findings.  It also provides an opportunity to discuss latest research findings and to participate in a national network of similar communities.

Click here for more details on the Community of Practice.