1 April 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Interserve, the international support services, construction and equipment services group, has unveiled details of a new initiative to support the rehabilitation of offenders, after winning a contract with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
The Integrated Through the Gate (ITTG) initiative is being launched today by Interserve across the 18 prisons covered by the company's five community rehabilitation companies (CRCs).
Interserve is the largest private provider of rehabilitative services in the country and its CRCs deliver rehabilitative services to low and medium-risk offenders on probation or on licence from prison.
Under the ITTG model, offenders will receive direct support to learn new skills, address behavioural and drug misuse issues, improve health, and receive accommodation support and financial advice where necessary.
Interserve has recruited 120 skilled staff to deliver the radically improved service alongside a number of selected partner agencies.
The government created its Through the Gate services in 2015 for short-term sentenced prisoners preparing for release from custody, to help prevent them from reoffending. In 2018, the Ministry of Justice committed a further £22 million of funding to improve the service, a portion of which was allocated to Interserve allowing it to create the ITTG model.