Rehabilitating black, Asian and minority ethnic people

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service has published a rapid evidence assessment into the effectiveness of rehabilitative services for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people.

The review focused on a range of populations both in prison and in the community. The evidence suggests that the content of ‘standard’ correctional programmes can be experienced as relevant to BAME participants, and that BAME participants can benefit from such programmes. However, some studies suggest that treatment that is: culturally aware, sensitive and inclusive; that is delivered by culturally aware and sensitive staff; and delivered by staff from similar ethnic backgrounds to their clients is preferred, and is more likely to reduce the chances that potential BAME participants will experience any fear or resistance associated with feeling isolated or misunderstood.

Download the report here