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Evaluation of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund

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The aim of the evaluation was to provide a comprehensive assessment of the extent to which the PSP model delivers effective mentoring services that reduce the risk of reoffending and support reintegration.

The £16 million Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) is one of three change funds created by the Scottish Government to help drive a decisive shift towards preventative spending. The fund has two key aims:

  • to provide women offenders and prolific young male offenders with substantial one-to-one support through evidence-based mentoring schemes
  • to promote strong, equal partnership working between third and public sector organisations.

The Robertson Trust has invested £2 million in the Change Fund and is currently responsible for project managing it on the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund Partnerships behalf.

The RRCF Projects

In April 2013, £7.7M was awarded to 6 Public Social Partnership (PSPs) made up of third sector and public sector bodies to enable them to deliver mentoring interventions for women offenders and/ or prolific young male offenders, between April 2013 and March 2015.

These awards included:

£2.9M to a PSP led by the Wise Group to establish a national mentoring service for prolific young male offenders.
£2.7M to a PSP led by SACRO to establish a national mentoring service for women offenders.
£1.3M to a PSP led by Action for Children to establish a mentoring service for young male offenders in East Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and the Highlands.
£374k to a PSP led by Includem to deliver a programme of intensive support and mentoring to problem young offenders in the Glasgow Area.
£311k to a PSP led by the Tayside Council on Alcohol to expand upon their existing mentoring work and roll the model out into Perth and Kinross and Angus.
£180k to a PSP led by Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire to deliver a specialised mentoring service in South Lanarkshire with a particular focus on young offenders’ employability and work skills.

Following on from the initial success of these projects, in June 2014 the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund Partnership announced an additional £6 million to extend the programme until March 2017.


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