NOMS Co-Financing Organisation

CFO3

The current programme (CFO3) is now underway and will run to December 2020, focusing on those offenders who have difficulty accessing other mainstream services that are currently available.
Projects aimed at improving employability are seen as key to changing offender's lives and reducing reoffending. 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.

Who are CFO3 Participants?

The focus of CFO3 is to help offenders move towards mainstream provision or into employment by addressing their barriers to work through facilitating access to comprehensive support mechanisms appropriate to their individual circumstance and accessed need.

Our participants can typically face the following barriers:

  • Unskilled
  • Unqualified
  • De-motivated
  • Drug and/or alcohol issues
  • Behavioural issues
  • Debt problems
  • Accommodation problems

Specific Hard to Help groups are targeted within certain geographic areas as follows:

  • East Midlands
    • Offenders involved in gang activity
    • Offenders with drug & alcohol issues
    • Offenders with mental health needs
    • Personality disordered offenders
    • Short sentenced prisoners
  • East of England
    • Ex-Services personnel
    • Lifers
    • Offenders with drug & alcohol issues
    • Older offenders/ offenders re-integrating following long sentences
    • Personality disordered offenders
    • Sex offenders
    • Vulnerable women/women involved in the sex industry
  • London
    • Dual Diagnosis offenders
    • Non-English speakers from the EU
    • Offenders with gambling/debt issues
    • Offenders with mental health needs
    • Vulnerable women/women involved in the sex industry
    • Young people
  • North East
    • Offenders with drug & alcohol issues
    • Offenders with mental health needs
    • Older offenders/ offenders re-integrating following long sentences
    • Personality disordered offenders
    • Sex offenders
    • Vulnerable women/women involved in the sex industry
  • North West (inc. Merseyside)
    • Offenders with drug & alcohol issues
    • Offenders with mental health needs
    • Older offenders/ offenders re-integrating following long sentences
    • Vulnerable women/women involved in the sex industry
    • Young people
  • South East
    • Offenders involved in gang activity
    • Offenders required to relocate on release
    • Vulnerable women/women involved in the sex industry
    • Young offenders
  • South West
    • Dual Diagnosis offenders
    • Offenders involved in the care system
    • Offenders with dependent families
    • Older offenders/ offenders re-integrating following long sentences
    • Vulnerable women/women involved in the sex industry
  • West Midlands
    • Offenders with gambling/debt issues
    • Offenders with limited family ties
    • Short sentenced prisoners
    • Young people
  • Yorkshire & Humberside
    • Offenders involved in the care system
    • Offenders with learning difficulties/disabilities
    • Offenders with limited family ties
    • Prolific & priority offenders
    • Vulnerable women/women involved in the sex industry

Young People (16-18) sub-group – North West, West Midlands and London

Operating in HMYOI Werrington, HMYOI Feltham, HMYOI Cookham Wood and the North West, West Midlands and London community locations, CFO Prime providers are working with Youth Offending Teams (YOTS) to deliver services to groups of 16-18 year olds focusing on education, training and skills