Throughcare: Stages in the Provision of a Throughcare Service to Prisoners

Throughcare Map

Accepted Pre-Release Work

Should the offender wish to accept voluntary assistance on release the social worker should complete a full assessment of needs that builds on the assessments already undertaken and engage with the client in developing a clear action plan setting out what will be offered during the period of contact, linked to the assessment of risk and need.

The Action Plan may cover a range of issues, including:

  • education and training
  • help with family issues and parenting
  • advocacy — benefits and accommodation
  • participation in offending behaviour programmes
  • participation in drug and alcohol programmes
  • constructive use of leisure time

Targets set should be specific, measurable, achievable and realistic and time limited. [SMART]

Appropriate referrals should be made prior to release and the client should be provided with a copy of the agreed Action Plan, together with information about appointments.



Please note that the contents of Throughcare Map have not been updated since 2009. As a result, certain of the processes described here may no longer be current and accurate. It remains online as an historical resource, but has been superseded by Youth & criminal justice in Scotland: the young person's journey.