The No Offence! summer conference at HMP Doncaster will focus on the concerns about the number of ex-service personnel in the criminal justice system.
It is still widely debated that ex-service personnel represent the largest occupational group within the prisons with varying degrees of support and programmes available. Alarmingly there appears to be a real lack of a consistent approach to actually bring services together to deliver what is necessary. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) do not provide core funding specifically to meet the needs of this group; the day-to-day support tends to come from charities and community-based organisations. However, with budgets tighter than ever there is a genuine concern that these organisations simply cannot meet the demand.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons have recently called for NOMS to develop a national strategy to ensure ex-service personnel in prison are identified, their needs assessed and effective support provided, both in custody and on release, to help them resettle in the community and reduce the risk of reoffending. This conference will examine and discuss the need for a coordinated approach with a view to pooling resources, sharing good practice, avoiding duplication and providing a coherent and workable solution to meet the needs of ex-service personnel.
For more information please visit the No Offence! website.