Offender Learning: Options for Improvement

Published: Jan 2010

Scottish Government

This report outlines the work undertaken to explore how the commitment on offending learning set out in Skills for Scotland could be delivered. It began with a representative group being brought together to consider the best way forward. Given the complexity of the work involved, it was further decided to split this into three workstreams to consider learning for:
young offenders
adult offenders in custody
adult offenders in the community.

Each workstream group was made up of internal and external experts from a range of stakeholder organisations, and was led by an independent chair. An Advisory Group was established to oversee the project, ensuring coherence across the three workstreams and providing leadership, strategic direction and support.

The groups worked in a co-ordinated manner to consider relevant research, establish base line information about the client groups, and undertake information analysis. They identified options to provide a more integrated service for offenders, wherever they are based. That includes education provided in prisons, through care provision for those involved with and leaving the justice system and access to mainstream employability services.