The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice bringing together the HM Prison Service and the Probation Service to enable a more effective delivery of their services.
NOMS is responsible for commissioning and delivering offender management services in custody and in the community, helping to deliver punishments and reparation and co-ordinate rehabilitative, health, educational, employment and housing opportunities for offenders to reduce re-offending, as well as overseeing the contracts of privately run prisons, managing probation performance and creating probation trusts.
Effective commissioning is at the centre of NOMS delivery. It will ensure that the most appropriate services are available to meet offender needs, at the right price and at the right time. The NOMS commissioning system is continually developing, with a focus on delivering a significant step change in the way they commission services.
NOMS want to work more closely with social enterprises as providers of services to them and in order for this to happen, NOMS need to know more about social enterprise in this region.
To facilitate this, on the 26th May 2011, the se² partnership hosted a regional Event - "Breaking the Cycle: Opportunities for Social Enterprises" in Reading, Berkshire.
The aim of the event was to improve the social enterprise sector's understanding of NOMS service development priorities, the present and future policy context and to encourage and support engagement.
In particular, the objectives of the day were:
- To improve Social Enterprises' understanding of opportunities to work/engage with NOMS/NOMS Co-Finance organisation (CFO)
- To demistify communicating with NOMS
- To assist Social Enterprises in making better informed decisions about developing NOMS targeted services or in considering NOMS within business planning
- To improve networking between NOMS/NOMS CFO and Social Enterprises (both current/potential ‘providers' and the wider sector)
- To improve NOMS staff's understanding of what Social Enterprise can offer
- To shape and own an action plan for continuing and building the engagement within the region
The event was a real success with lots of positive interest from social enterprises from the region. To continue the momentum on this, the following may be of use:
Download slides and handouts from the workshop!
Slides and handouts from the event can be downloaded from the ‘DOWNLOAD' box to the top-right of this page. In particular:
- Workshop Programme
- Nicky Stevenson; Principal Consultant - Consilium - Background & Context
- David Preston; MoJ/NOMS Lead on Social Enterprise - The national picture: NOMS
- David Preston - The regional picture: NOMS
- James Wilson; Director of Finance, Thames Valley Probation - The local picture
- Clare Cherry; CEO - Work this Way - Social Enterprise in Action
- List of Prisons in the South East
- List of Probation Trusts in the South East
Join our Linkedin forum where you can ask questions, share experiences and best practice and continue building relationships with other social enterprises and NOMS representatives.
Register your social enterprise with our Social Enterprise Directory!
To develop market intelligence, se² is working with NOMS to gather information on social enterprises that can offer innovative solutions and services that provide value for money, deliver social and environmental impact and supply quality services for both offenders and ex offenders. If you have an existing service or programme, we recommend registering your social enterprise on our South East Social Enterprise Directory as we will use this Directory when communicating with NOMS.