Keep Out (HMP Send)

KeepOut is the first crime diversion scheme to be delivered by dedicated teams of serving prisoners – managed by civilian staff inside UK prisons. Prisoners are trained by KeepOut staff to facilitate intervention programmes for low, medium and high risk young people and divert those between 13 and 18 who are either at risk of entering the criminal justice system, or are already involved in criminal activity.

The programmes are designed to change attitudes and behaviour in relation to personal responsibility, victim awareness, consequences and drug/alcohol use. In addition there are specific interventions aimed at addressing carrying knives/weapons, gang involvement, shoplifting, and joint enterprise.

The programmes range from a one day intervention aimed at young people who are low risk to a eight session programme over at least six weeks (New Chapter) aimed at young people assessed at medium to high risk.