No-one knows much about Farid’s childhood but it is reported that his family had a history of dysfunction. The loss of his parents is thought to have contributed to behavioural problems at school, fire setting and sexually inappropriate behaviours.
We do know he was bullied by his peers, due to his inability to relate to others, a likely result of his learning disability.
Farid (not his real name or image,) whose Index offence is arson, has an extensive history of setting fires from his early teens well into adulthood.
Where is Farid now and how did he get here?
Farid came to Dimensions in November 2019. He now lives in his own flat with support in the spare room. He has been supported to develop skills that he would not have learned during his time in hospital. He participates in community activities and loves going to the pub, to the cinema and swimming. He has a great relationship with his support whom he trusts, and he has begun to develop skills in empathy and the risks associated with setting fire.
Farid has been involved in shaping his support since the start, and this has meant that many of his outcomes have been met. Indeed, within 6 months of discharge to Dimensions, we were able to reduce Farid’s support levels from 168 hours and 7 sleep ins to 112 hours with 7 sleep ins:
- Farid is managing his emotions better and is able to communicate these in a more constructive way.
- He is now managing his diabetes entirely through his diet and does not need insulin injections for this any more.
- Farid is active in deciding what he wants to do throughout the day and the team support him with tasks he finds difficult.
- There have been no indications of any fire related behaviour since Farid's discharge.