Resettlement provision for adult offenders: accommodation and education, training and employment

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Great Britain. Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales; Great Britain. HM Inspectorate of Probation; Great Britain. Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (England)
Criminal Justice Joint Inspection
Date of publication
1 September 2014
Resettlement, Offenders, Education and Skills, Employment, Families, Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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The primary aim of this report is to examine the effectiveness of existing arrangements to help offenders obtain suitable and sustainable accommodation and education, training and employment (ETE) on release as part of wider resettlement provision. The report follows a cohort of 80 offenders from prison through the gate into the community and identifies their accommodation and occupation status shortly before release, on release and one and six months later.

The study confirms the central importance of an offender’s family and friends to their successful rehabilitation. Of course, sometimes an offender’s family may be the victims of their crime and sometimes they may be a negative influence that contributes to their offending behaviour. However, overwhelmingly, this inspection confirmed the view that an offender’s family are the most effective resettlement agency. More than half the offenders in the cohort returned home or moved in with family and friends on release, even if this was only a temporary measure. The few who had a job on release had mainly arranged this with the help of previous employers, family or friends. Helping offenders maintain or restore relationships with their family and friends, where this is appropriate, should be central to the resettlement effort.

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