WELCOME TO THE NETWORK FOR PRISON AND OFFENDER RESEARCH IN SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH (PORSCH)

PORSCH is a network of researchers and service practitioners based in the North East of England and Yorkshire. It is dedicated to enhancing the contribution of research and development to the improvement of the health of offenders, the well-being of the communities in which they live and the reduction of offending behaviours.

The Network is free of charge to members. It runs workshops and conferences, facilitates research and development projects, and provides an information exchange. If you would like to join us, use the Contact page.

After successful informal collaborations that organised conferences on prison health in 2001, 2002 and 2003, the Network was formally established in 2005 with support from the Department of Health.  

Currently, funding and facilities are provided by the following Supporters who provide the core membership of the PORSCH Advisory Board and Management Group:

  • County Durham Youth Offending Service

  • Durham University Collingwood College

  • NHS England Health & Justice (Cumbria & North East)

  • North East and Yorkshire Public Sector Prisons

  • Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust Specialist Services

  • Northumbria University Centre for Crime and Justice

  • Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Grounded Research Team

  • Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Offender and Forensic Community Services

  • University of York CrimNet

The other pages on the website provide information about the Network's activities. If you would like more detail or a copy of the latest Annual Report please use the form provided on the Contact page.