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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Community of Communities

HMP TC Integrated Audits

As an accredited Offending Behaviour Programme, Therapeutic Communities within the prison service are required to operate in compliance with the Core Model accredited by the Correctional Services Advice and Accreditation Panel.  This Core Model requires the Therapeutic Community to adhere to the Community of Communities standards for Democratic Therapeutic Communities, linking prison TCs with the wider theoretical and clinical practices of TCs in other sectors.

The integrated audit is a biennial joint review which provides HMP TCs an opportunity both to measure compliance with the Core Model, identifying areas for improvement and development, and to demonstrate the quality and efficacy of their services through recording areas of achievement and best practice. 

Aims and objectives of the joint-review process:

  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of TCs within the prison service
  • Provides a system for measuring the performance of TCs against the accredited HMPS Democratic Therapeutic Communities Core Model
  • Engage prison TCs with TCs from different settings in a network of supportive relationships
  • Involve TC staff and client members in setting appropriate standards and evaluating the service they provide
  • Promote best practice through shared learning and developing external links
  • Build the clinical skills and knowledge of TC staff in prisons

For more detailed information about the Integrated Audit please click here to download the Integrated Audit Handbook.

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Community of Communities, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street
London, E1 8BB    
Tel: 020 3701 2674   Email:

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