This page is here for archive purposes, to showcase CFO and European Social Fund (ESF) achievements between 2009 - 2015. For information on the latest ESF funded National Offender Management Service (NOMS) programme, please click here


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.

Provider Reports

The following NOMS CFO Provider reports outline the support that Providers offer their targeted hard-to-help sub-group. The reports are designed with the purpose of being an effective feedback mechanism to the provider, NOMS CFO and ESF that explores the delivery of the provision and the impact on participants. The central issue of these reports is to determine whether the project is contributing to the change that it was designed to make, and to examine those aspects of the project that are contributing to or hampering its success.

The reports utilise two methodologies to provide answers to two set research aims. Qualitative data, used to identify recurring themes pertinent to the sub-group, is sourced from interviews with parties relevant to the implementation, delivery and receipt of provision. Qualitative data is supported by a quantitative analysis of the sub-group statistics taken from the Case Assessment and Tracking System (CATS) used by staff to record participant information and monitor their progress. The data from CATS enabled an analysis of the demographics, needs and outcomes of the target sub-group cohort compared to that of a similar offender cohort.

The resulting themes are discussed in context of the support provided and used to explain how the Provider is addressing the barriers faced by sub-group participants. Finally, based on findings from the research, key recommendations are made as a guide for future projects that are similar in nature.

CFO Provider Report - Yorkshire and Humberside (Round 2, 2014)

The prime provider, West Yorkshire Probation Trust, has provision for sex offenders in both custody and community settings; however a focus was placed on custody provision. When on the programme, participants... Click HERE to read more.

CFO Provider Report - South Yorkshire (Round 2, 2014)

The prime provider, South Yorkshire Probation Trust, utilises social enterprises and other local businesses, developing and investing in them, to facilitate ... Click HERE to read more.

CFO Provider Report - North East (Round 2, 2014))

The prime provider, Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), offers a warm, sympathetic and non-judgemental service to participants and to take measured steps to removing barriers so as not to overwhelm them... Click HERE to read more.

CFO Provider Report - North West and Merseyside (Round 2, 2014)

The prime provider, Merseyside Probation Trust, incorporates the sub-project as part of their wider Achieve North West programme in order to protect the participants from the label of mental health and the associated stigma... Click HERE to read more.

CFO Provider Report - East Midlands (Round 2, 2014)

The prime provider, Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust, have sub-contracted two women’s specialist services, Women in Prison (WiP) and Changing Lives, to help with the delivery of the provision... Click HERE to read more.

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