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Mapping of Employability Support for Offenders in Glasgow

14 May 2011 
The Glasgow Offenders Employability Strategic Group has published a new report, Mapping of employability support for offenders in Glasgow, produced by Eddy Adams and David Smart. The report is the culmination of work by the Strategic Group to identify ways to improve offender pathways into work and training, recognising the important role of literacy, learning and employment in preventing reoffending. The report notes the variety of support options available to offenders in the city and highlights a number of examples of good practice. Importantly for the Strategic Group, the report also contains recommendations for improvement focussed on 6 key areas:
  • Improving the community resettlement process for short term prisoners
  • Improving the evidence base, particularly information on reoffending
  • Improving strategic collaboration and co-commissioning in the city
  • Ensuring existing support fits to the new Work Programme
  • Promoting culture change and fostering improved joint working across the justice and employability sectors
  • Improving offender access to mainstream services
The Group will agree how to take these recommendations forward in the coming months.
For more information about the Strategic Group or to hear more about how we are taking this work forward please contact:Glasgow Community Justice Authority: Gillian Little, 0141 287 0916 or Glasgow Works: Kim Murphy, 0141 287 6491.
The report is a welcome addition to Glasgow's knowledge base in this complex area and will help partners work together to reduce reoffending and make Glasgow's communities safer in the challenging times ahead.