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#lookback2015 - Prospects to put “education at the heart of detention” at Feltham Young Offenders Institution

19 January 2016

As 2016 begins, Prospects is looking back over 2015 and sharing some key successes. Each day, over the next week or so, as part of #lookback2015 you can read about Prospects achievements last year and gain insight into plans for 2016.

Today we look back at Prospects being selected to provide education in Feltham Young Offenders Institution.

In December 2014, Prospects was selected to provide education for all young people within Feltham Young Offenders Institution (YOI) for the next five years starting in March 2015.

Prior to awarding the contract, the Government had set out its vision to put more emphasis on education in youth custody to equip young offenders with qualifications and skills to break the cycle of reoffending when they leave detention. In addition to placing more emphasis on education for young offenders, the new contract increased the number of hours a young person in custody spends in education each week.

In addition to providing education in Feltham, Prospects helps reduce reoffending by providing the National Careers Service In Custody to offenders in all prisons in London, the South West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. Prospects increases opportunities for offenders, helping them to access support and tackle their barriers to employment in the resettlement phase of the sentence and through the gate as they return to the community.

Speaking at the time the contract was announced, Nick Bell, Chief Executive of Prospects, said:
“We look forward to working with The Ministry of Justice, The Youth Justice Board and Feltham YOI as we deliver this new, innovative focus on education. Placing more importance on education for young people in custody will help raise aspirations and open their eyes to the alternative futures available to them. Clearly there should be appropriate punishment, as decided by the courts, and each young offender should learn to take responsibility for their actions but they should also be able to gain skills and qualifications in order that once their sentence is served they are prepared for the rest of their life, leaving crime behind.”

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