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FiMT awards funds to King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London for data linkage study on lifetime offending by UK military personnel

FiMT awards funds to King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London for data linkage study on lifetime offending by UK military personnel

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is delighted to announce that it has awarded a grant of £120,664.31 to King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London for a data linkage study on lifetime offending by UK military personnel.  The study will be conducted by Dr Jamie Kwan, Postdoctoral Researcher at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research alongside Professor Nicola Fear, Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research and Dr Deirdre MacManus, Reader at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.

The goal of this project is to explore offending behaviour among UK military personnel prior to joining, during and after service, and it will be linking and combining three separate sets of data.  These data sets are the King’s Centre for Military Health Research’s cohort study, the Ministry of Justice’s Police National Computer (PNC) database of community offending records and the Ministry of Defence’s REDCAP database for in-service offending records.

Dr Kwan’s study will examine how offending behaviour changes as military personnel move through various stages in their career: from pre-service to during service, before and after deployment, and from service to post-service.  There will be a particular emphasis on whether military service impacts offending behaviour among personnel who have a history of pre-service offending compared to personnel who do not.

Ultimately, this project will aid the development of interventions to reduce offending among serving and ex-serving personnel.  This will likely need to be tailored to the British ex-Service community, as opposed to the general population or American ex-Service community.

Completion is expected in early-2022.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive at FiMT says: “By supporting this study, we hope to better understand possible connections between military service, and pre and post-service offending.  Ultimately, this will allow for more effective early interventions with at risk members of the ex-Service community, and their better transition into civilian life.  This study utilises a broad set of data, and we welcome its evidence-driven approach to improving the lives of a sub-sector of the ex-Service community.”

Dr Jamie Kwan, Postdoctoral Researcher at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research says: “We are thrilled to receive this award and are excited to work with FiMT to examine lifetime offending behaviour patterns among serving and ex-serving personnel.  While previous research has examined offending behaviour using the Ministry of Justice’s PNC database and Ministry of Defence’s REDCAP database separately, we are eager to combine the datasets to give a complete record of offending behaviour.”

Professor Nicola Fear, Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research says: “While it has been established that certain types of violent and offending behaviour are prevalent among military populations, little is known about lifetime offending in this population.  This project will aid the identification of personnel who are most at risk of offending during and post-service.  This research will help in the development of interventions to reduce offending within this population.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Ray Lock is available for interview. To arrange please contact Daniel J. Levy at co@fim-trust.org / 0207 811 8916.

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):

FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.

The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.

FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships. All work is published in open access and hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

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