Black Advocacy Training Programme
ACCOUNT was funded by NHS England to develop and deliver an Black Advocate Training programme to transform the experience of Black men in secure care.
In 2016 ACCOUNT led on a project with Informed Thinking engaging with Black male inpatients in low and medium forensic services across nine regions of England. This research identified key concerns for this group, and following further engagement with inpatients three culturally specific pilot projects were funded: personal development, peer mentoring and advocacy.
ACCOUNT was successful in bidding for the culturally appropriate advocacy pilot and delivered a 10-week programme - coproduced with experts by experience. The pilot brought together key partners including the British Institute for Human Rights and Catalyst 4 Change. A independent evaluation was carried out by Niche Consulting highlighting the success of the programme and the challenges that were overcome.