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Prisoners: Education and Drugs

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 508W, on prisoners: education and drugs, what proportion of offenders in the (a) CARAT programme and (b) Young People’s Substance Misuse Service programme successfully completed the course of drug intervention in each year since 2005-06. (319659)

The Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Throughcare service (CARATs) is the key non-clinical gateway drug treatment service in prisons for prisoners aged over 18. The Young People’s Substance Misuse Service (YPSMS) provides a similar service for all young people (aged 15-18) in custody. Neither CARATs nor YPSMS is an intervention in its own right. Both provide a gateway to support, information, structured interventions and resettlement planning for prisoners with substance misuse problems. As a consequence, there is not necessarily a point where a prisoner could be considered to have successfully or unsuccessfully completed their engagement with either service.

The following table shows the number of initial assessments carried out by CARATs and YPSMS in each of the full financial years since 2005-09. This gives an indication of the number of prisoners and young people engaged with drug treatment services in custody, although the level of engagement will vary according to individuals’ needs.

Interventions delivered1

Intervention type

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Throughcare service (CARATs) substance misuse triage assessments

59,000

66,000

65,700

65,800

66,600

Young People’s Substance Misuse Services (YPSMS) initial assessments

8,500

8,300

7,400

7,000

1 Rounded to nearest 100