IPS can design and deliver quality, evidence-based interventions tailored to the needs of individuals, organisations, charities and agencies etc.
Interventions are informed by psychological theory and research and best practice principles. They draw on established intervention approaches used in the National Offender Management Service (e.g. Healthy Identity Intervention, Developing Dialogues) as well as incorporating supplementary approaches when required.
Interventions can be provided to serve different purposes: 1) Interventions can build resilience in individuals to try and prevent them from becoming interested or involved in groups, causes or ideas which promote harming others 2) Interventions can be provided for individuals who are already identified as being interested or involved in such groups, causes or ideas 3) Interventions can also be provided for those convicted of offences related to group-based violence, including terrorism offences.
The aim of interventions
- To help individuals become more resilient to the influence and pull of groups, causes or ideas which promote harming others.
- To help individuals reduce or end their interest or involvement in such groups, causes or ideas (including disengagement).
- To make individuals less willing and prepared to support or commit harm against others.
The nature of interventions
The focus of interventions depend on the specific issues and needs assessed for each individual.
Examples of areas interventions can focus on include:
- Raising awareness and insight into the factors and circumstances which can make individuals susceptible to becoming interested in certain groups, causes or ideas.
- Building resilience against indoctrination i.e. when individuals come to adopt beliefs or ways of seeing the world without questioning these thoroughly.
- Supporting individuals to explore and address identity issues to help move them away from interest or involvement in certain groups, causes or ideas.
- Helping individuals to understand how their identities (especially group-identity) can provoke feelings of hatred towards other groups and motivate violence.
- Working with individuals to express and manage powerful feelings- which may be contributing to their interest and involvement - more constructively.
- Challenging beliefs about and perceptions of other groups of people that can allow individuals to commit violence against them.
- Exploring and challenging ideas and beliefs which give individuals a sense of entitlement and authority to change society through illegal and harmful means.