Patsy Townsend

 Patsy’s professional background is twenty years plus spent in the Probation Service as a Probation Officer specialising in work with young offenders and as a development manager focusing on multi-agency partnership initiatives.

She joined the Partnership in 1998 and is currently Director of the Partnership. As well as leading the team, her other key role within the Partnership is to direct all our Early Interventions initiatives.  A key strand of work within this is the The Family Matters programme which supports the complex needs of vulnerable families with a family member in prison.

Under Patsy’s direction, the team have created a suite of resources, including guidelines, booklets, comprehensive educations packs and a full training package which underpins this valuable work – the Family Matters model is now regarded as a national exemplar of integrated practice in this field.

She offers tailored workshops around this topic (with specialist resources, focus and materials) which have already been delivered to the Prison Service, Probation Service, practitioners working in educational services, Women’s Community Projects and even Key Stage 2 school children! Alongside this, the programme can be delivered to raise awareness of the issues faced by young offenders, women offenders and those with complex and unmet needs.   The team at Thames Valley Partnership can also offer further support in taking the work forward if required (see more about our training)

In her wider remit she sits on a number of community safety related boards and steering groups across the region including the Thames Valley Integrated Offender Management Group and the Buckinghamshire Family Intervention Programme Board.

NOTE: A practical Family Matters Resource Pack which acts as a ‘toolkit’ to enable practitioners to better support the families of prisoners and offenders is available from the Partnership for £60  + P&P

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