Date lodged: 22 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what resources are provided to voluntary sector agencies to support older people who are (a) in prison and (b) being resettled following their release from prison.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 8 March 2017
The provision of Social Care, estate adjustments and equipment for people (of any age) in custody who have social care needs is handled on a case by case basis dependent on individual need and establishment capability. Social Care is usually procured by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) from private agencies through the Scot Excel national framework arrangement for Social and Care Agency Workers, rather than from voluntary sector agencies.
There are a range of services which can support older people on their release from custody and reintegration to the community, which will involve a combination of SPS activity (through pre-release planning and co-ordination with community based services, as well as Throughcare Support Officer activity), universal public service provision (including housing services, welfare services, and community-based social care services), third sector service provision (such as offender mentoring services for women), and voluntary or charitable organisations.