Prospects works across the country with those on the edge of the Criminal Justice System, offenders in custody and in the community as well as ex-offenders pursuing a future without crime. Prospects plays a vital role in helping to reduce reoffending as one of the largest providers of multi-disciplinary careers information services in the community and in custody.
National Career Service in Custody
We are one of the largest providers of custodial careers information and advice in the UK, delivering the National Careers Service In Custody to offenders in all 40 prisons in London, the South West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. Prospects works in all types of custodial establishments and security categories.
Our team of expert advisers supports offenders though resettlement and on release. Advisers help offenders to assess their skills, identify learning needs and set career goals to plan for the future to improve their job prospects. To provide the National Careers Service In Custody, Prospects works closely with other agencies and local partners, including local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), JobCentre Plus, the voluntary sector, education and business, to understand local priorities and feed this into the guidance process with individuals. This ensures that our customers have up to date, local and relevant information on which to make career decisions.
Support on behalf of local authorities
We work to prevent young people entering the Criminal Justice System through our targeted and youth support services. One example of this is in Gloucestershire, where we deliver youth support services, including the Youth Offending Service (YOS) on behalf of the county council. Working with police, local community safety partnerships and other agencies, the team prevent young people from getting involved with crime and support those on the edge of the criminal justice system as well as young offenders.
Since Prospects began working in Gloucestershire, the number of young people entering the criminal justice system in the county has decreased. There have been reductions in the number of young people with youth offending orders and more of them are getting back into education, employment and training. The youth crime prevention activity undertaken by the team has resulted in a 47% reduction in first time entrants to the criminal justice system.
Feltham Young Offenders Institution
Prospects provides education for all young people within Feltham Young Offenders Institution. Prospects has increased the number of hours a young person in custody at Feltham spends in education each week to equip them with qualifications and skills to break the cycle of reoffending when they leave detention.