This research gives local authorities’ a framework of evidence to inform the delivery of social care for prisoners, both while in prison and on release. In particular it provided information on the nature and extent of prisoners’ social care needs and the range and cost of the services required to meet these.

The overall study has three main strands. Strand 1 scoped prisoners’ social care needs via interviews with approximately 350 inmates in Lancashire. Stand 2 used a Balance of Care approach (a strategic planning tool) involving staff workshops and cost modelling to identify the options for service provision. Strand 3 constituted a national survey of local authorities in England to identify the arrangements councils have put in place to meet their responsibilities for prisoners under the Care Act, including how they identify prisoners with social care needs, deliver assessments, develop care and support plans and provide/procure services