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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, particularly the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) in prisons as well as other existing employment and skills services.

Justice Data Lab - Re-offending Analysis of NOMS CFO
(Round 1, 2010)

NOMS Co-Financing Organisation is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) to undertake an employability programme across prisons and probation areas in England. NOMS CFO utilises ESF funding to contract with prime providers to engage with offenders considered to be 'hard to help' in employability related activities. The contract package areas are split regionally, with a prime provider and their supply chain taking responsibility for the delivering the NOMS CFO programme in prisons and probation areas in that geographical region.

The Justice Data Lab received data from NOMS CFO taken from CATS (Case Assessment and Tracking System) for all participants who started on the first phase of ESF contracts in 2010. Reports have been produced for each region split by whether the participant started in custody or the community.

Reports & Resources

An executive summary produced by the NOMS CFO Research & Statistics Team based on the findings of the Justice Data Lab has been produced. This report references (with excerpts directly taken from) the full reports written by the Justice Data Lab team. Download the executive summary here.

All of the full reports produced by the Justice Data Lab team can be found here:

Details about the methodology used can be found at:

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