December 2013 1 Step Beyond E-Bulletin
1  Step Beyond e- bulletin

1 Step Beyond E-Bulletin December 2013

 Items in this bulletin include:


  1. Transforming Rehabilitation- the future of Probation. The latest updates – where to get these.
  2.  Proposed timescales  for the competition and  commencement  of the new   Probation services
  3. More TR news
  4. More  opportunities
  5. 1 Step beyond Women’s specified activity requirement  projects


1. Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) update:


If you have not already signed up to Clinks (a Voluntary sector infra structure organisation  which supports, represents and campaigns for the Voluntary and Community Sector working with offenders in England and Wales), this is an excellent  resource  for voluntary sector organisations, please log onto : and visit the  section on “What do I need to know” about Transforming Rehabilitation:


An extract   from Clinks:


“What do I need to know?

Competing services

The MoJ intends to compete 21 contracts for the provision of services for low- to medium-risk offenders across England and Wales.

These contracts will be commissioned nationally and will correspond to 21 Contract Package Areas (CPAs), which are indicated on a map on p.48 of the Government’s response document

The total value of the contracts to be let is likely to be between £5bn and £20bn over the next ten years


Probation Service

The existing individual Probation Trusts will be reorganized into a single national public sector Probation Service and 21 new government-run companies (‘Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC)’).  The latter will map on to the 21 Contract Package Areas and will encompass all of the business to be contracted out.  These ‘CRCs’ will then be transferred over to the winning bidders following the completion of competition.

The public sector Probation Service will retain responsibility for the supervision of high risk offenders, including those subject to Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).  Where a case escalates to high risk of serious harm, it will become the responsibility of the public sector Probation Service, which will then decide how the case is handled in future.


Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organizations

MoJ and NOMS have expressed their desire to see the VCSE Sector play a full role in the new arrangements, stressing that this could be as a subcontractor in another organization’s supply chain or as part of a consortium arrangement.  Potential lead providers will be expected to provide evidence of how they would build and sustain partnerships working with local organizations.”


 More details can also be found on the Ministry of Justice website:

2. What are the proposed timescales?


  • May 2013 – Prior Information Notice
  • July 2013 – MoJ/NOMS complete competition design.
  • September 2013 – Competition opened
  • 14th November 2013 – deadline for potential Tier 1 providers to submit Pre-Qualification Questionnaires and Tier 2 & 3 providers to register with MoJ
  • December 2013 – winners of first stage (Pre Qualifying Questionnaire) announced
  • Winter 2013/2014 – evaluation of contracts and awarding of contracts
  • March 31 2014 – Probation  ceases to exist, and is  replaced in the  interim year, by a National Probation service and  in each of the new 21 Probation package areas with a Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) who will deliver rehabilitation services in England and Wales as set out in the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation Strategy. Existing contracts with Probation will be novated into the new CRC’s.
  • Autumn 2014/2015 – The Transforming Rehabilitation competition will continue through 2014 with contracts being awarded and mobilized by 2015.


3. More TR news:


Liz Stafford has been announced as the new lead for the West Mercia and Warwickshire CRC from 1st April 2014. Liz is currently Chief Executive of Warwickshire Probation Trust.


Details of the 30 organisations successful in the first stage of the process are in this latest press release:

This includes voluntary sector organizations, in partnerships with larger primes.


4. More opportunities will arise for VCS as secondary providers; make sure you are registered on

Clinks Partnership finder:


Clinks’ Partnership Finder is a new supply chain and consortia directory, designed to allow Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organizations working in criminal justice and rehabilitation to promote their services to commissioners and prime providers. If you wish to register: Registration is free for all VCSE organizations, and will take just a few minutes.  You’ll be asked for details of your organizations services, legal status, links to any evidence or outcomes reports for your services, and recent contract history, so it is worth having these to hand.


5. 1 Step beyond Women’s specified activity requirement projects


There are now 4 women’s projects operational across Worcestershire all working in different ways to support female offenders.

Utilising Together’s experience and knowledge of working with female offenders, this specified activity offers a women only specified activity sentencing proposal for female offenders living in Shropshire. The service aims to provide time limited support to tackle up to 3 specific drivers of offending behaviour, (e.g. strengthening relationships, addressing finances, promoting mental health and coping.)This links to housing and Identify and strengthening internal (e.g. coping) and external (e.g. relationships) resources. It creates a  bespoke problem solving plans for each woman  to promote self-esteem, empowerment and build on women’s strengths; enables women offenders to integrate; provides  a safe space which is non-stigmatising and operates confidentially; provides an holistic approach to health and wellbeing; develops confidence and coping skills; and takes into account the social, economic and family context of women’s lives particularly parenting and care responsibilities.


This programme gives 16 hours of life and work-focused skills training and cognitive development, for women in Telford and Kidderminster. Offenders will learn life skills, including goal setting, time management, problem solving and the safe use of the internet and social media. Across these sessions, offenders will significantly increase their self-awareness and sense of personal responsibility as well as addressing issues around self-worth. Once these foundational life-skills sessions are complete the training is employment-focused, with offenders identifying areas of interest where they may wish to pursue potential employment or self employment. Offenders will be taught how to create both a CV and a business plan, and will understand how to run a successful self-employed enterprise.


This specified activity is delivered by a qualified counsellor and the sessions include issues relevant to women and are for women offenders in Redditch and Bromsgrove. These include  the effects of  crime on  families and others, dealing with  abusive  relationships, effective communication, asking for help,  building  positive support   networks, reducing  the  likelihood  of re-offending  and how to recognise and break the  victim/ abuser cycle. Thus exploring the power of choice and how decisions impact on shaping a person future. This is addressed through practical sessions about feelings, convictions, boundaries, decision making and problem solving. In addition to the  required hours, there is the opportunity for all of the  participants to access  a wide range of  support and advice which Sandycroft offers, both  through their own staff and other organisations who use the  premises. These include education, debt advice, counselling, and parenting advice.


  • Worcester- delivered by YSS Good Stuff  furniture  project at YSS Training and Enterprise Centre in Worcester (

This project provides a minimum of 8 mandatory enforceable hours of furniture restoration skills training and work experience delivered over 8 sessions.  (A further 2 hours per session of voluntary non-enforceable practical furniture restoration skills training is also being offered.) The furniture restoration involves re-cycling of wooden furniture into “shabby chic” furniture for sale, and is part of a developing social enterprise for offenders. The clients also have to undertake 8 x one hour sessions covering aspects such as Education, Training and Employment (Information Advice and Guidance)  with an emphasis on self-employment and enterprise where appropriate,  Physical Health & Nutrition, Emotional Well Being, Finance & Debt, and Relationships (including Parenting). This takes into account the social, economic and family context of women’s lives particularly parenting and care responsibilities and addresses the underlying causes of offending behaviour.



All at YSS wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.




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