Overview of CFO

Aim: To deliver services which prepare offenders to access mainstream employment, training and education opportunities. This will be delivered via a case-management model by a range of prime provider and sub-contractors.

Key Focus:

  1. CFO will operate under the social inclusion thematic objective for the 2014-2020 programme which allows an appropriate focus on the client group rather than on employment
  2. To help offenders move towards mainstream provision or into employment by addressing their barriers via appropriate support mechanisms tailored to individual need
  3. Emphasis placed on those deemed as ‘hardest to help’ and ESF priorities (women, disabled, 50+ and minority groups)
  4. Overall aim is to prepare offenders who are currently not able to access mainstream provision and therefore unable to return to the labour market for ETE and mainstream provision
  5. CFO wishes to complement and support mainstream provision and increase value for money from other projects and better prepare those socially excluded to make a positive contribution to society

4 contracted prime providers with 9 contract areas in total:

  • Achieve North West Connect (North West)
  • Ixion (South East & West Midlands)
  • APM (East Midlands, North East & Yorkshire & Humber)
  • Shaw Trust (East of England, London, South West)
For further delivery information please access the delivery map Here
To learn more about CFO providers please click Here

Delivery:

  • Community and custody split: 70% custody and 30% community but as project develops this will become 50:50 delivery
  • Source referrals from the NPS, CRC’s and prisons within scope
  • Case management model to deliver CFO3 provision to offenders on the CFO programme
  • CATS+ system for providers to record evidence of all provision delivered to participants (PbR)
  • Specialist sub-contractors to deliver specialist provision to hard-to-help groups. Each contract has 5 sub-groups (one of which must have a health related focus and one must be for women). These groups should be more intensive specialist support over a longer period of time (For further information regarding hard-to-help groups please click Here)

CFO Hard-to-Help Groups

CFO Prime Provider

Region

Hard-to-Help Groups Identified

APM

North East

  • Offenders serving long sentences
  • Offenders with significant drug or alcohol misuse issues
  • Offenders with mental health needs
  • Sex offenders
  • Vulnerable women

APM

Yorkshire & Humber

  • Offenders who have been through the care system
  • Offenders with limited family ties/support networks
  • Offenders with learning difficulties
  • Prolific and priority offenders

APM

East Midlands

  • Offenders with mental health needs
  • Offenders with significant drug or alcohol misuse issues
  • Personality disordered offenders
  • Short sentenced offenders
  • Offenders involved in gang activity

Career Connect

North West

  • Offenders with drug and alcohol misuse issues
  • Offenders with mental health issues
  • Older offenders
  • Vulnerable women

Ixion

South East

  • Vulnerable women
  • Offenders facing reintegration following long sentences
  • Young Offenders (18-21yr)
  • Offenders involved in gang activity

Ixion

West Midlands

  • Young offenders (16-18yrs)
  • Short sentenced prisoners
  • Offenders who have been through the care system
  • Offenders with gambling/debt issues
  • Offenders with limited family ties/support networks

Shaw Trust

East of England

  • Lifers
  • Personality disordered offenders facing reintegration following long sentences and long term interventions
  • Support for ex-armed forces
  • Specialist provision for women offenders involved in gang activity, domestic abuse, significant alcohol or drug misuse andwomen with limited family ties/support networks
  • Specialist interventions for sex offenders

Shaw Trust

London

  • Women offenders exploited by the sex industry
  • Offenders facing significant debt problems
  • Non-English speakers from the EU
  • Dual diagnosis offenders and offenders with Mental health issues
  • Young people aged 16-18

Shaw Trust

South West

  • Offender Reintegration (10 yr +)
  • Offenders with Dependent Families
  • Offender that have been through the Care System
  • Dual diagnosis offenders and offenders with Mental health issues
  • Females exploited in the sex industry

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Why are CFO keen to engage with LEPs?

  • It is important for LEPs to be aware and understand the range of provision provided by CFO to quantify the impact that CFO is making to the individuals returning to the LEP areas, following a period of custody in order that appropriate and effective services can be made available once the offenders no longer fall under the remit of CFO
  • Specific funding has been designed within CFO in the form of Technical Assistance to ensure an offender’s transition from the Criminal Justice System to mainstream provision is seamless. CFO recognise that information sharing relating to type of need, services available and expected throughput is key.

What are the main objectives for the Technical Assistance project?

  • The main objective of CFO Technical Assistance project is to develop a structured relationship with specific stakeholders across England, particularly LEPs.
  • As CFO is the only national programme, achieveing formal routes of communication and engagement will be key to maintaining a standard of service for participants and effective stakeholder relationship management.
  • CFO will work to develop individual relationships with LEPs to increase awareness of CFO delivery and agree reporting mechanisms as appropriate. This will enable CFO to ensure added value to main programme delivery as well as contributing to key aims of LEP strategies and Opt-In organisations.
  • The majority of the engagement work will provide awareness of specific aspects of CFO delivery, including target groups, bespoke provision and effective sequencing of activity for participants considered hard to reach.

How will the objectives be achieved?

The Technical Assistance project will be managed by the CFO Engagement Manager, Kate Dugdale

The Engagement Manager will be responsible for;

  • Regional support for ESF opt-in organisations to ensure understanding of the CFO delivery offer.
  • Building relationships between CFO and other employability delivery partners (specifically DWP, SFA and Big Lottery) at regional level to ensure CFO is aligned with/complements other employability activity.
  • Develop relationships with Local Enterprise Partnerships to ensure understanding of the CFO delivery offer and ensure added value to LEP delivery.
  • Provide stakeholder support and information updates across each contract region.

Please click here to view a list of all LEP regions and the relevant CFO prime provider contact details.

If you have any CFO related queries please contact the CFO Engagement Manager Kate Dugdale.

LEP

Region in England

CFO Prime Provider

CFO Prime Provider Contact Details

Black Country

West Midlands

Ixion

Kelly Thompson

Email- Kelly.Thompson@ixionholdings.com

Buckinghamshire Thames Valley

South East

Ixion

Lisa Bishop

Email- Lisa.Bishop@ixionholdings.com

Cheshire & Warrington

North West

Achieve NW

Chris Bennett

Email- Chris.Bennett@achievenwconnect.org.uk.cjsm.net

Coast to Capital

South East

Ixion

Lisa Bishop

Email- Lisa.Bishop@ixionholdings.com

London

Shaw Trust

Loretta Albertini

Email- Loretta.Albertini@shaw-trust.org.uk

Coventry & Warwickshire

West Midlands

Ixion

Kelly Thompson

Email- Kelly.Thompson@ixionholdings.com

Cumbria

North West

Achieve NW

Chris Bennett

Email- Chris.Bennet@achievenwconnect.org.uk.cjsm.net

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Yorkshire & Humber

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

East Midlands

APM

Dorset

South West

Shaw Trust

Charlotte Doyle

Email- Charlotte.Doyle@shaw-trust.org.uk

Enterprise M3

South East

Ixion

Lisa Bishop

Email- Lisa.Bishop@ixionholdings.com

Gloucestershire

West Midlands

Ixion

Kelly Thompson

Kelly.Thompson@ixionholdings.com

East of England

Shaw Trust

Charlotte Doyle

Charlotte.Doyle@shaw-trust.org.uk

South West

Shaw Trust

Cheryl Westbury

cheryl.westbury@shaw-trust.org.uk

Greater Birmingham & Solihull

West Midlands

Ixion

Kelly Thompson

Kelly.Thompson@ixionholdings.com

Greater Cambridge & Peterborough

East Midlands

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

East of England

Shaw Trust

Charlotte Doyle

Email- Charlotte.Doyle@shaw-trust.org.uk

Greater Lincolnshire

East Midlands

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

Greater Manchester

North West

Achieve NW

Chris Bennett

Email- Chris.Bennett@achievenwconnect.org.uk.cjsm.net

Heart of the South West

South West

Shaw Trust

Cheryl Westbury

Email- cheryl.westbury@shaw-trust.org.uk

Hertfordshire

East of England

Shaw Trust

Charlotte Doyle

Email- Charlotte.Doyle@shaw-trust.org.uk

Humber

Yorkshire & Humber

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

Lancashire

North West

Achieve NW

Chris Bennett

Email- Chris.Bennett@achievenwconnect.org.uk.cjsm.net

Leeds City Region

Yorkshire & Humber

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

Leicester & Leicestershire

East Midlands

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

Liverpool City Region

North West

Achieve NW

Chris Bennett

Email- Chris.Bennett@achievenwconnect.org.uk.cjsm.net

London

London

Shaw Trust

Loretta Albertini

Email- Loretta.Albertini@shaw-trust.org.uk

New Anglia

East of England

Shaw Trust

Charlotte Doyle

Email- Charlotte.Doyle@shaw-trust.org.uk

North East

North East

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

Northamptonshire

East Midlands

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

Oxfordshire

South East

Ixion

Lisa Bishop

Email- Lisa.Bishop@ixionholdings.com

Sheffield City Region

Yorkshire & Humber

East Midlands

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

Solent

South East

Ixion

Lisa Bishop

Email- Lisa.Bishop@ixionholdings.com

South East

South East

Ixion

Lisa Bishop

Email- Lisa.Bishop@ixionholdings.com

South East Midlands

East Midlands

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

South East

Ixion

Lisa Bishop

Email- Lisa.Bishop@ixionholdings.com

East of England

Shaw Trust

Charlotte Doyle

Email- Charlotte.Doyle@shaw-trust.org.uk

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire

North East

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

West Midlands

Ixion

Kelly Thompson

Email- Kelly.Thompson@ixionholdings.com

Swindon & Wiltshire

South West

Shaw Trust

Cheryl Westbury

Email- Cheryl.westbury@shaw-trust.org.uk

Tees Valley

North East

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

Thames Valley Berkshire

South East

Ixion

Lisa Bishop

Email- Lisa.Bishop@ixionholdings.com

The Marches

West Midlands

Ixion

Kelly Thompson

Email- Kelly.Thompson@ixionholdings.com

West of England

South West

Shaw Trust

Cheryl Westbury

Email- Cheryl.westbury@shaw-trust.org.uk

Worcestershire

West Midlands

Ixion

Kelly Thompson

Email- Kelly.Thompson@ixionholdings.com

York, North Yorkshire & East Riding

Yorkshire

APM

Mark Harrison

Email- Mark.Harrison@apm-uk.co.uk

CFO Prime Providers

Shaw Trust

  • Since April 2015, Shaw Trust has delivered services for the National Offender Management Service Co-finance Office (CFO). CFO is co-financed through the European Social Fund as a charity with a focus on employment, learning and skills, this is a key strand of our work
  • Shaw Trust is the prime contractor for London, the East of England and the South West of England for the CFO3 service. Over the life of the contract we will work with more than 18,000 participants, including some of the country’s most disengaged individuals
  • Our goal is to enable the people we support to contribute positively to society. We do this by supporting offenders to gain lasting life and employability skills. We work with individuals who are excluded, disaffected and disadvantaged, supporting offenders to reintegrate into their communities
  • The CFO3 program provides specialist support, skills and training in prisons and in the community. It helps participants access mainstream provision, improve their social inclusion and increase their chance of employment
  • We work with a range of local organizations to deliver the CFO3 program, ensuring we can offer the right offender employment support in the right place at the right time
  • As part of our justice work, Shaw Trust supports gang members, women exploited by the sex industry, young offenders, individuals with a substance addiction and offenders with mental ill-health. We use a flexible, tailored approach to ensure that individuals receive relevant, carefully targeted support that will enable them to turn their lives around and stop committing crime. We support offenders during their time in prison and after they re-enter the community
  • Shaw Trust is at the forefront of delivering new and innovative offender employment services, supporting the most challenged, and challenging, in the justice system.

Achieve North West Connect

Achieve Northwest Connect (ANWC) deliver the CFO3 contract in the North West of England. ANWC are a subsidiary company within the Career Connect group. Managers and the teams within ANWC have a long history of delivering interventions to offenders most having previously worked in Probation as either offender managers or offender Education, Training and Employment specialists.

Offenders access our services across a broad range of environments. We are located in 8 Prisons, HMP Liverpool, HMP Garth, HMP Wymott, HMP Kirkham, HMP Manchester, HMP Styal, HMP Risley and HMP Hindley. There are operational bases co-located with the NPS and CRCs in Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

ANWC case managers offer a range of services to support social inclusion for offenders. Following initial contact case managers will provide motivational advice and assistance to deal with a range of barriers that may be critical in preventing offenders progressing beyond the cycle of reoffending. Support will be offered in encouraging self-belief, understanding progressive steps and planning for the future. We offer courses that help understand health, accommodation and skills development. Support is offered in prison, through the gate and onward to employment. We also work with those who are subject to community orders.

Case managers work closely with our 13 sub- contracted partners who offer specialist provision in areas such as Women only interventions, mentoring, dealing with mental health needs, substance misuse, older offenders, supported employment, job brokerage and a range of accredited courses. Both case managers and our partners offer a wide network of onward links that will help each beneficiary develop their full potential and achieve their goals.

ANWC produce a regular newsletter to update on activity in the North West region. Issues will be updated on this site as they are published or you can see back issues, get further information from our website www.careerconnect.org.uk/achieve If you would like to discuss our work please ring 01512431841

Ixion Holdings

Ixion deliver the CFO3 contract in the South East of England. Ixion are a subsidiary of Anglian Ruskin University and are experienced in delivering provision to disadvantaged groups. Staff within the Justice division have a wealth of knowledge working with offenders and vulnerable adults and have previously worked within both probation and prison settings as well other welfare to work initiatives.

CFO3 participants access our provision through referrals received via probation or prison establishments, we are located within prisons and various community sites;

South East
  • Custodial Establishments
    • HMYOI Aylesbury
    • HMP Bullingdon
    • HMP Springhill/Grendon
    • HMP Woodhill
    • HMYOI Bronzefield
    • HMP Send
    • HMP ESP
    • HMP Elmley
    • HMP Swaleside
    • HMP Standford
    • HMP Rochester
  • Community Locations
    • Across Thames Valley
    • Hampshire
    • Kent
    • Surrey & Sussex identified community sites
West Midlands
  • Custodial Establishments
    • HMYOI Brinsford
    • HMYOI Werrington
    • HMP Featherstone
    • HMP Drake Hall
    • HMP & YOI Swinfen Hall
    • HMP & YOI Stoke Heath
    • HMP Hewell
    • HMP Birmingham
  • Community Locations
    • Across Staffordshire & Shropshire area covering the More Developed, Warwickshire & West Mercia identified community sites.

Ixion case managers offer a range of services to encourage and improve social inclusion for offenders. After having an initial assessment, eligible participants will receive dedicated 1:1 support in a variety of motivational activities including; confidence building, goal setting, disclosure, communication skills and time management skills. From this, case managers will source and utilise specialist provision to support with removing barriers such as; housing support, mentoring & debt support. This support remains participant focus and case managers will always source provision in line with their needs whilst avoiding duplication. If participants are already seeking support in certain areas of their lives, case managers can be integral in maintaining their motivation to engage in these additional services. When participants are at a point in their journey where training and employment are realistic and appropriate, case managers will source and broker reputable accredited training and employment opportunities.

Ixion have an experienced supply chain that offer specialisms and expertise in a number of areas that continue to support the front line staff including;

  • Families & relationship
  • Mentoring
  • Female focused interventions
  • Domestic abuse
  • Preventing sex work
  • Accommodation support
  • Gang prevention
  • Learning difficulties
  • Industry specific training such as; First Aid at Work, Manual Handling, Highways & FLT

If you wish to discuss our provision further please contact;
West Midlands: Kelly.thompson@ixionholdings.com
South East: Lisa.dickman@ixionholdings.com

APM

APM is one of the UK’s leading providers of employability, mentoring and training services.

It is a business with a track record of listening to the needs of local people, of successfully integrating services and consistently delivering the best outcomes and performance.

Together with a valued network of specialist providers, we collectively deliver CFO3 provision across the North East.

Our “wrap around” services enhance rather than duplicate existing provision and are designed to help offenders move towards social inclusion and mainstream provision; a marked difference from the targeted progression into education, training or employment through CFO2.

We facilitate access to comprehensive support mechanisms appropriate to individual circumstances and assessed need, with programme referrals typically split between 70% in custody and 30% in the community.

Our employees – “APMers” – operate within the following HMP establishments:

North East
  • HMP Establishments
    • Deerbolt
    • Frankland
    • Holme House
    • Kirklevington Grange
    • Low Newton
    • Durham
    • Northumberland
  • Community Locations
    • Durham / Tees Valley and Northumbria CRC areas, as well as delivery across National Probation Service sites throughout the region.

The target client group in the North East includes those aged 50 and over, as well as ex-armed forces. We also specialise in supporting those with mental health needs, substance misuse issues, vulnerable women, sex offenders and those serving long sentences.

Yorkshire & Humber
  • HMP Establishments
    • Askham Grange
    • Doncaster
    • Full Sutton
    • Hatfield
    • Humber
    • Leeds
    • Lindholme
    • Moorland
    • New Hall
    • Wealstun
  • Community Locations
    • South Yorkshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire CRC areas; as well as delivery across National Probation Service sites throughout the region.

The target client group in Yorkshire & Humber includes; adults with mental health needs (including personality disorders), Dual diagnostic offenders (drug misuse & mental health issues), ex-armed forces, long sentenced prisoners and vulnerable prisoners, including sex offenders. We also specialise in supporting those with limited family ties/support network, offenders who have been through the care system, prisoners with learning difficulties, priority & prolific offenders (PPO) and vulnerable women (including domestic abuse).

East Midlands
  • HMP Establishments
    • Foston Hall
    • Glen Parva
    • Lincoln
    • Nottingham
    • Onley
    • Ranby
    • Stocken
    • Whatton
  • Community Locations
    • Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire CRC areas, as well as delivery across National Probation Service sites throughout the region.

The target client group in the East Midlands includes; sex offenders and personality disorders & sex offenders on the PD pathway. We also specialise in supporting those with drug & alcohol misuse issues, offenders involved in gang activity, offenders serving short sentences (less than 12 months) and offenders with mental health needs.

Core activities offered to service users include: accommodation support; disclosure of convictions; employability skills and industry specific training; money management; obtaining ID; personal development; referral to mainstream activity (non-OLASS). We also offer supportive measures, including: specialist support; work placements; and mentoring.

We continually strive to update our partners and stakeholders regarding the very latest news on a continually evolving programme. For more information or to be added to our email distribution list, please contact Michelle Taylor michelle.taylor@apm-uk.co.uk