Ralph – SPARC Resettlement Work

Ralph had reduced mobility as a result of a previous stroke and being the victim of a historical assault. His reduced mobility also affected his speech and he suffered with epilepsy. The SPARC Practitioner in court in the day Ralph was there had met Ralph before and had some knowledge of his needs. She took time to allow Ralph to communicate his current situation. She referred him to healthcare and liaised with the prison residential staff about his needs so that he did not have to repeat himself necessarily once he arrived at the prison. When she revisited him the day after, she made a plan to sustain Ralph’s current tenancy so that he would be able to return there on his release. However, a few days later, Ralph asked another staff member to contact his SPARC Practitioner and he disclosed that he was struggling in his flat because it was on the first floor and he felt at risk on the stairs. He said his health was deteriorating and he felt now was the time to ask for help. The SPARC Practitioner completed and adult social are screening with Ralph and sent it to the Adult Social Care (ASC) Team. They visited the prison and assessed Ralph, with his SPARC Practitioner present for some support. The ASC team agreed that Ralph needed more support, particularly after he got released. They also agreed to liaise with the local authority to evidence that he needed a ground floor flat. Ralph went back to his original flat immediately on release but his Practitioner arranged for some floating support for him in his home. This was only until an occupational health assessment could be completed at the flat. The assessment went ahead a few weeks later and as a result, Ralph was moved to a ground floor flat with support, shortly after.