Ministry of Justice are to define the role that social enterprises have with rehabilitation.
This will help with using social enterprises with future contracts and is intended to reduce reoffending.
The process still seems to be a learning process at present, and the ministry have recently completed a consultation on the sector to gain helpful feedback.
They will be giving out a second grant to total £300,000 to 3SC, a social enterprise they have previously funded, who are helping to build capacity and capability in voluntary and community services, and social enterprises working with them in the sector to help improve results.
The hope is that with the help of social enterprises, the sector will be transformed and the reoffending rates reduced.
At the social enterprise conference E3M, Martin Kinsella, who co-chaired the conference with Spencer Draper, said:
We deliver system change. We simplify the complexities; we bring coordination and management.
The main thing is to have one person co-ordinating activities. That achieves so much.
So that when someone is leaving prison, or care, or fleeing domestic violence, they have someone there to navigate the system. That's what we do, and it's encouraging that Milton Keynes has given another £150,000 to extend the contract.
Mr Draper, who is the head of business development at the ministry's national offender management service, said:
I think what we've got to do over the next weeks is try to define what the relationship looks like. We see a role for larger privates to smaller voluntary and community services in this space.
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