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Offenders: Rehabilitation

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of redirecting funding from offender behaviour programmes towards activities which strengthen offenders’ family relationships and employment skills as a means of reducing re-offending; and if he will make a statement. (284229)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) delivers a broad range of interventions to address the particular risks and needs of offenders.

There are a number of accredited offending behaviour programmes addressing thinking skills, anger management, domestic and other types of violent crime as well as sexual offending. A range of interventions is available for offenders with an alcohol or drug problem. These can contribute to strengthening relationships and employment.

Other activities across prison and probation such as training, education, work, non accredited courses, specialist support and resettlement also have a significant part to play.

The responsibility for the commissioning of services now rests with the Directors of Offender Management (DOM). It is for them to commission services that meet the needs of offenders and the requirements of sentencers in their area. Decisions over the level and allocation of funding are therefore matters for the DOM, and it is for them to decide if they wish to reallocate resources to strengthen family relationships and employment skills.