Financed by European Social Fund (ESF) monies, the NOMS Co-Financing Organisation (CFO) has delivered services to offenders in custody and the community since January 2010. Services are delivered via. contracted prime providers and sub-providers, to improve access to mainstream activity for offenders in the community or reaching the end of a custodial sentence.
The focus of the programme is to enhance an offender’s employability and increase opportunities to access mainstream provision, the overall aim being the reduction of re-offending.
The NOMS “Case Assessment and Tracking System” software, was re-developed by NOMS in 2014, using modern techniques and functionality, and is based on previous successful iterations of CATS (version 1 through to version 6) which had been utilised by NOMS since 2004.
CATS+ provides end to end Case Management, and has been developed to provide an effective and configurable web based case management tool which has a focus on removing the barriers to employment and supporting offenders into mainstream activity. The system allows for effective performance management a supply chain (providers and sub-providers).
CATS+ has a proven track record and is currently operating in 68 UK prison establishments and 27 community locations. It has been successfully used to Case Manage these numbers of people (offenders) for the following ESF programmes:
CATS+ is accessed through a bespoke "Secure Gateway", the secure architecture supports the robust design of the system and ensures that data is safely managed. The Secure Gateway and CATS+ have been designed, developed and accredited by NOMS in accordance with HM Government Information Assurance Standard for information classified up to OFFICIAL, in accordance with the Data Handling in Government guidelines and the Cabinet Office HMG Security Policy Framework.
Key functionality of CATS+ includes: