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About the NOMS Co-financing Organisation

Projects aimed at improving employability are seen as key to changing offender's lives and reducing reoffending. Since January 2010, the NOMS European Social Fund (ESF) Co-financing programme has been working with participants who would benefit from additional employment and skills provision.

The NOMS ESF Programme aims to complement existing provision, particulary the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) in prisons as well as other existing employment and skills services.

Case Management Assessment & Tracking System

The Case Management Assessment and Tracking system (CATS), originally developed by PS Plus, has been further developed as a project management tool providing detailed management information and reports for the NOMS ESF programme.

The system has been developed to provide an effective web based case management tool which has a focus on removing the barriers to employment. CATS also supports the effective performance management of providers and sub-providers.

Proven Track Record

CATS has a proven track record and is currently in operation throughout 86 UK prison establishments, 37 probation trusts and has processed over 100,000 offender records.

CATS ensures that data is safely managed and is designed and developed in accordance with CESG Information Assurance Standard Number 2, in accordance with the Data Handling in Government guidelines and the Cabinet Office HMG Security Policy Framework.

The main features of the system are:

  • Accurate assessment of barriers to employment
  • Measurement of 'hard' and 'soft' outcomes
  • Action planning - ability to effectively plan actions and referrals
  • End to end case management - one case record from custody to community
  • Connectivity to existing IT systems
  • Accessibility - web based application
  • Performance management - assists in contract management of providers
  • ESF Project Management - collects all information to satisfy an ESF final claim and audit

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