History of CFO

CFO Activity Hubs

The current CFO Activity Hubs programme commenced delivery in June 2021.  CFO Activity Hubs focuses on encouraging participants to engage with activities and can receive referrals from different sources: courts, police, self-referrals, DWP, CFO3 and probation. There are 16 Activity Hubs and one Veterans Specific Hub within HMP Holme House across England with three broad categories; Human/Citizenship, Community/Social, and Interventions/Services. The current CFO Activity Hubs programme commenced delivery in June 2021 and will run to September 2023


CFO3 – 2015 – 2024 CFO3 focuses on those offenders who have difficulty accessing mainstream services currently available. There are nine regional level contracts across England with four providers, operating across custody and community, with a particular emphasis on social inclusion. The current CFO3 programme commenced delivery in July 2015 and will run to March 2024.  


CFO2 A second phase of the programme with a value of £89 million was delivered between January 2011 and December 2014. This phase of the programme saw an increased focus on harder to reach groups of offenders including sex workers, ex-service personnel and young offenders in transition.


CFO1 Projects aimed at improving employability are seen as key to changing offender’s lives and reducing reoffending.   Delivered by NOMS Co-Financing Organisation, from January 2010 until December 2011, the  CFO1 programme contributed to the Executive Agency’s overall aims of reducing re-offending by assisting ex-offenders to access mainstream services and employment opportunities. The NOMS ESF Programme complemented  existing provision, particularly the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) in prisons as well as other existing employment and skills services.  During the first phase of the programme 2010-2011, NOMS received £50 million from the European Social Fund. Regionally focussed projects were commissioned with a range of providers and sub

PS Plus

PS Plus 2002 – 2008 PS Plus existed to enable offenders to become employable through identifying and removing barriers so they can lead law abiding live in the community. PS Plus Operating from 2002 – until 2008, the predecessor to CFO was  PS Plus, which  existed to enable offenders to become employable

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