MVP (Most Valuable Player)
We currently deliver a 12 session psychologically informed offending behaviour programme called (MVP). We are recognised as a credible intervention within the Youth Custody Service (YCS) and Her Majesties Prison and Probation Sevice (HMPPS), helping offenders to understand the true impact of crime, not only on themselves but on their victims, families and the community.
The MVP Programme.
The MVP programme has been delivered within both the youth offending service and young peoples’ estate settings. The programme is recognised as a credible intervention forming an integral element of the holistic approach used by case managers within custody to address dynamic factors associated with offending.
The programme delivers a series of structured interventions based upon cognitive behavioural techniques and social learning theory, targeting factors relating to offending such as, impulsivity and low self-control, attitudes that support crime, pro-criminal social networks, poor emotional control and the management of anger.
The overall aim of the programme is to prevent further offending by providing a series of ‘teachable moments’ for young people to examine their own thinking and behaviour and triggers to offending. The programme has been delivered to in excess of 150 young people and is currently being evaluated to provide strong evidence of its impact on young people.
“Observing MVP in action was a profound experience for me, and clearly for the boys. The group brings together so much deep knowledge and understanding of what these young people have experienced and what they respond to; and it genuinely creates a space where they can feel safe and can start to reflect on who they are and what they really want.
Rarely, if ever, have I seen the boys respond and engage as they did in the MVP group. Each young person felt recognised and known, safe, and free to express themselves. Watching the shift in how they understood themselves and their offending, over the course of the group, was a profound experience.
We have a great deal to learn from the expertise, and the deep sensitivity, that MVP bring to this work. This way of working should be a gold standard model for how we develop our practice in youth justice settings”
[Lead Clinical Psychologist, Children and Young People, Offender Care Central and North West London Foundation Trust].