Publications

Below you will find publications relating to HMPPS CFO’s work. If you have any queries regarding any publications, please contact the HMPPS CFO Service Desk

Analysis of the HMPPS Co-Financing Organisation Employability Programme Shows Positive Impact on Reducing Reoffending Rates

A recently updated analysis conducted by Justice Data Labs and published 25th April 2024 has confirmed that HMPPS Co-Financing Organisation (CFO) Programme continues to be effective in reducing reoffending rates among offenders. The findings reveal encouraging results that underscore the programme’s potential to make a significant difference in rehabilitation efforts and for the first time, JDL were able to isolate the CFO programmes impact on female offenders.

The analysis, which examined the reoffending behaviour for programme participants who left the programme between August 2018 and December 2021, is split by gender and participants who were on the programme in the community, prison, and through the gate (TTG) settings, highlights several key outcomes:

  • Male participants who received provision in the community were:
    • Less likely to reoffend within a one-year period – 8 men per 100 fewer than the comparison group;
    • Committed 48 fewer offences per 100 men than the comparison group;
    • Took 24 days longer to commit their first proven reoffence than the comparison group.
  • Male participants who received provision in prison were:
    • Committed 13 fewer offences per 100 men than the comparison group;
    • Took 11 days longer to commit their first proven reoffence than the comparison group.
  • Male participants who received provision TTG were:
    • Less likely to reoffend within a one-year period – 2 men per 100 fewer than the comparison group;
    • Committed 33 fewer offences per 100 men than the comparison group;
    • Took 28 days longer to commit their first proven reoffence than the comparison group.
  • Female participants who received provision in the community were:
    • Less likely to reoffend within a one-year period – 6 ladies per 100 fewer than the comparison group;
    • Committed 49 fewer offences per 100 ladies than the comparison group.

The analysis underscores the importance of initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for offenders as a means to reduce reoffending rates and facilitate successful reintegration into society.

Mark Nickson, Head of HMPPS CFO, said,

“The CFO designed, commissioned, and delivered the biggest European Social Fund programme in Europe, working with over 330,000 offenders over the last twenty years. These results provide compelling evidence of the positive impact of the HMPPS CFO Programme in addressing recidivism. By equipping individuals with the skills and support they need to rebuild their lives, we are taking meaningful steps towards breaking the cycle of reoffending.

The analysis report provides us with valuable insights into the impact of the CFO programme and we look forward to continuing this support for offenders in custody and in the community.”

CFO Evolution Briefing Packs

20 May 2024
Treasury have signed off the funding business case for CFO Evolution and we expect mobilisation to begin on 3rd June 2024.

The official launch date for the CFO Evolution programme is set for 1st August 2024. After two decades, over 120,000 participants, a proven 8% reduction in re-offending and over £200m in ESF funding, the CFO Evolution programme will build on the legacy of the CFO3 and CFO Activity Hubs and will deliver in over 90 custody sites and 25+ community sites.  The CFO Evolution Delivery Map provides an overview of wings, outliers, feeders and proposed CFO Hubs.

  • 3rd June – mobilisation begins and transition from current programme to CFO Evolution begins
  • 20th June – Wing SPOC event in Newbold Revel
  • 1st August – service delivery commencement date 

If you would like more information on the CFO Evolution programme, a national briefing pack is on CreatingFutureOpportunities.gov.uk/CFO-Evolution and regional updates will be distributed from June onwards. To sign up for these please complete this form.


HMPPS CFO – The effect of CFO Activity Hubs on Reoffending Risk Post Release from Custody
This report provides a brief overview of the impact on reoffending rates of the CFO Activity Hubs programme. Results show that over a 6-month follow up period after enrolling onto the CFO Activity Hubs programme, participants who received intervention were less likely to reoffend compared to a ‘similar’ group of participants that did not receive intervention


HMPPS CFO – The effect of CFO Activity Hubs on Reoffending Risk Post Release from Custody – Poster


HMPPS CFO – The effect of CFO Activity Hubs on Reoffending Risk Post Release from Custody – Technical Report
Technical report, supplement to report “The effect of CFO Activity Hubs on Reoffending Risk Post Release from Custody”. This report describes in detail the framework and analytical methodology used to investigate the effect of CFO Activity Hubs intervention on reoffending rates post release from custody. Results show that over a 6-month follow up period after enrolling onto the CFO Activity Hubs programme, participants who received intervention were less likely to reoffend compared to a ‘similar’ group of participants that did not receive intervention.

HMPPS CFO – Employment 6 Months After Release


HMPPS CFO – Employment 6 months after release – Jan 2024
Impact report looking at the proportion of CFO participants that are in employment 6 months following release from custody, using CATS+, MI, HMRC employment data and DWP benefit data.

HMPPS CFO – CFO3 Interim Evaluation 2020

HMPPS CFO – CFO Activity Hub Interim Evaluation 2022

CFO Statistical Reports

HMPPS CFO – Assessing Value For Money

Veterans

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