What is Transforming Rehabilitation?

The Ministry of Justice Transforming Rehabilitation Programme (TR) aims to significantly reduce the UK re-offending rates of ex-offenders whilst continuing to protect the public. To bring about this reduction, a programme of process, technology and organisational change is required.

Prior to February 2015 rehabilitation services were provided throughout the UK by a number of Probation Trusts. Re-offending rates were considered unacceptably high, with a significant social and financial cost to the taxpayer. In order to address this, the Government launched the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme. This involved tendering the services of the newly formed Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) out to private sector prime contractors with a view to outsourcing the Probation Services of low and medium risk offenders from February 2015.

What is 3SCs role?

3SC has partnered with Interserve to build a comprehensive VCSE supply chain for the TR Programmes in Merseyside, Cheshire & Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire, and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight under the name of Purple Futures. Other key partners in Purple Futures are Shelter and P3.

Local knowledge, expertise and innovation feature in the service solutions for each region and reflect our respect for the sector. Over 100 VCSE organisations feature in our supply chain altogether. Some will be larger partners and others highly specialised niche local providers. As a whole, they will provide full geographic coverage across each CRC area. They offer a full range of services that meet the varying needs of offenders including catering for all offenders with protected characteristics.

We have developed our supply chain on the basis of evidence of what works in reducing reoffending. TR really is a once-in-a-generation policy shift and it's so important to get it right. Our approach emphasises personalised, close-working with offenders that encourages them to take responsibility for their future behaviours and outcomes.

3SC’s supply chain integration service will involve accountability for the performance, compliance and quality management of all VCSE contracted delivery organisations.

Our role is to work in collaboration with the Purple Futures CRCs to build an approved supply chain and performance manage those third sector partners delivering offender facing rehabilitative services. The supply chain will ensure offenders have access to appropriate and high quality services as and when they need them.

What is the Directory of Services?

The Directory of Services (DoS) is a comprehensive database of:

·         CRC contracted services;

·         Externally funded services delivered within the community;

·         Internally CRC delivered services;

·         Community payback services.

The DoS will form part of Interserves Case Management System and will enable the Offender Manager to ‘pick and mix’ an appropriate programme of support for the offender.

The regional 3SC teams are responsible for building and maintaining the DoS. This will involve close working with staff in the CRC to ensure there is a comprehensive, localised and appropriate Directory of Service (DoS).

What are the current opportunities?

As well as delivering traditional probation services, the Purple Futures model includes actively encouraging the piloting of innovative approaches to reducing reoffending. Consequently Innovation Funding opportunities are released on an annual basis. 3SC role will be to work with local CRC staff to identify innovative services delivered through the supply chain and support the drafting of the funding applications.

What is 3SCs role within Through the Gate?

Through the Gate is a service delivered within the prisons. The service includes assessing the individual needs and identifying a programme of support. 3SC teams will also contract and performance management these services.

If you would like to become part of the 3SC TR supply chain please complete the form below and return to TR@3sc.org if you have any queries about TR please contact us on the same address.