Conversation with CFO

HMPPS CFO3 focuses on those offenders who have difficulty accessing mainstream services currently available. It offers a through the gate service with focus on preparing for employment and release in custody, followed by training and employment. 
CFO3 is currently in over 80 prisons in England and co-located in Probation Offices across England. View the CFO Delivery Map to find CFO services or scroll to the bottom of this page to see who is delivering CFO service in each region.
CFO3 delivery will run until March 2024, then will be incorporated into the CFO Evolution programme.

CFO3 Participants

The focus of CFO3 is to help offenders move towards mainstream provision or into employment by addressing their barriers to work through facilitating access to comprehensive support mechanisms appropriate to their individual circumstance and accessed need.

Our service includes, but are not limited to:

  • Core activities – support with ID, CV and Disclosure statements
  • Life skills – including financial, organisational, coping and communication skills
  • Labour market supportive measures – interview skills, mentoring, self-employment and advice
  • Support tailored to each individual

Our participants can typically face the following barriers:

  • Unskilled
  • Unqualified
  • De-motivated
  • Drug and/or alcohol issues
  • Behavioural issues
  • Debt problems
  • Accommodation problems

Eligibility for CFO3

  • People on Probation
  • Those serving a custodial sentence (within 3 years of earliest release date)
  • Emphasis is placed on females, ethnic minorities, 50+ and those with a disability
  • Not already in paid employment, with a right to work in England and Ireland
  • Additional special provision for females, ethnic minorities, 50+ and those with a disability

Without your support I would not have the confidence to have been able to apply for a job. Before engaging with you my offence gave me severe anxiety and the thought of disclosing to a potential employer terrified me. With your help I have been able to disclose to two different employers and have been able to land myself a well-paid job with a reputable company.

CFO3 Participant

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