Public Sector Network Tender Alert


Promoting and supporting the needs of offenders with learning difficulties and disabilities

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) currently provides a grants programme for voluntary sector organisations working to reduce re-offending. We are now inviting the voluntary sector to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for a new funding opportunity which aims to support and promote the needs of offenders with learning disabilities and learning difficulties. The project will be outcome based, with a particular focus on upskilling the organisation in terms of staff knowledge and ongoing service provision. NOMS is committed to improving provision for offenders with learning disabilities and difficulties, both in prison and probation. This is reflected in the NOMS equality objectives, which include the following: Disability: Prisoners with Learning Disabilities • Ensure comprehensive screening is in place so that all prisoners with learning disabilities are identified; • Ensure that reasonable adjustments are made for all prisoners with learning disabilities. This will be a national project with local engagement as and where appropriate. The successful organisation will be expected to work within the parameters of the service to develop innovative and lasting approaches in this area, which are provider neutral. Funding of £450,000 is potentially available. Scope, Timescale and Funding Grant funding of up to £450,000 is available, made up of the following amounts: • £150,000 in the period up to 31 March 2013; and • £300,000 in the period 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014. NOMS are willing to consider bids to undertake activity in either years, or both. VCSE organisations are invited to bid for any sum up to the full amount. NOMS may decide to award just one grant, or a number of them. NOMS are keen to support smaller projects where they will add value, but because of our limited resources for managing grants NOMS will not be able to work with more than three organisations at any one time. In the light of the amount of funding which is available in this business year, NOMS are particularly interested in proposals for: • projects that can be delivered by 31 March 2013; and/or • two-phase projects, in which intensive first phase activity up to 31 March 2013 is used to work up in more detail the proposals for work in 2013-14.

Ref: 2927-2 Reducing Reoffending-SE-RFP,


Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
NOMS Women & Equalities Group,3rd Floor, Clive House,70 Petty France
NOMS Women & Equalities Group

Contract value: 450000.00GBP

Published: 21 Dec 2012, Receipt by: 14 Jan 2013