What our partners say
Hear from some of our partners on their experience working with the M-PACT programme.
"After a period of consultation with Action on Addiction to adapt the existing community M-PACT programme into a version that could work in a custodial setting, we began delivering to our first group of prisoners and their families on the 30th June 2011 and M-PACT is still going strong. Having worked with prisoners and rehabilitation for the last twenty years, in which time I have facilitated and managed a wide variety of HM Prison Service accredited offending behaviour programmes, as well as a growing suite of local organic approaches to resettlement, I can say with confidence that in my experience the M-PACT intervention is one of the best I have ever seen.
I think what sets it apart from most prison based group work approaches, and arguably is central to its evidence-based success, is that it involves the whole family, those in prison, their families and significant others. M-PACT also crucially reflects the sensitivities and emotional impact of addiction on all of the family members. In comparison, other addiction focused group work in prison revolves around the prisoners, and whilst issues around relationships and family are sometimes covered, the voices and lived experience of those individuals is not.
It is this element that I believe makes M-PACT so powerful. The raw empathic awakening that is so often sparked in the early sessions through the prisoner hearing and feeling, usually for the first time, the consequences of his addiction for his children and family.
The Ministry of Justice commissioned ‘Lord Farmer Review’ into the importance of families within prison rehabilitation and reform – 2017 stressed the crucial need for prisons to be more mindful and inclusive of families in order to achieve effective, sustainable change, not just for those in prison now, but to break the depressing pattern of intergenerational offending… For me M-PACT is a key tool in achieving this ambition."
Corin Morgan-Armstrong, Head of Family Interventions, HMP & YOI Parc, Wales
"In 2015, the Alcohol Forum became the first and only provider of M-PACT in Ireland, where one in six carers (16%) have reported that children for whom they have parental responsibility have experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking. Our M-PACT offering continues to grow, making a significant difference to the lives of the family members it supports. This is clearly demonstrated by one parent who after taking part in the programme had this to say:
‘After leaving treatment and beginning my journey in recovery, I realised it wasn't just me that needed to recover. The pain and hurt I had caused my immediate family was immense and we needed to find a way to begin to deal with this in a safe and secure setting. We were introduced to M-PACT shortly after and it was very beneficial for my husband and children to be able to communicate how they were feeling. My children were able to express how they felt in a safe and secure setting with children their own age that were going through exactly the same thing. I found the M-PACT programme a truly great foundation on how, we as a family, could communicate with each other and talk through the existing issues between us. I would definitely recommend any family who finds themselves in the same situation that we did, to definitely take part in the M-PACT programme."
Kieran Doherty, Chief Executive Officer, The Alcohol Forum, Ireland.
"Since the introduction of M-PACT within St Helens CGL it has enabled us to develop and expand upon on our current service provision to provide a whole family approach in our work. M-PACT has enabled us to develop a bridge between children and adult services by providing direct evidence based interventions with each member of the family. The difference this has made to the lives of families accessing our service has been immense. It has enabled us to complete direct specialist interventions with children which has enabled us to support families to achieve fantastic outcomes including improvement in family dynamics, resilience, and communication.
M-PACT supported parents/carers to understand the impact of addiction on their children. It enabled them to have open conversations with their children in a safe environment.
“It helps me understand and work through situations which arise due to my son’s addiction. Without this support I don’t think I could manage… it helps me to deal with stressful situations more positively”
Having both people suffering from addiction and affected family members enabled them to gain an understanding of different perspectives on Addiction. Parents/carers commented that it promoted their own recovery.
“M-PACT has given me my mum back for the first time I no longer have to check her cup every day, I am so proud of her… the first day of MPACT was the first day of my life”
M-PACT supported children accessing our service to explore and make sense of their feelings. It enabled them to have a voice allowing them a safe space to discuss how parental addiction had impacted upon them. It has enabled them to feel connected to other young people experiencing similar issues leading to them feeling empowered."
James Mawhinney, Social work team leader & safeguarding Lead, CGL (change, grow, live)