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What is CFO3?

A participant with a bright future
CFO3 is supported by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). It is a voluntary programme designed to help people within the justice system prepare for when they leave custody and re-enter the community. We aim to increase social inclusion by engaging with support from the community in areas such as health, family, housing, education and employment..

Who can we help?

Participants should be:

  • Resident in the UK with permission to work
  • Unemployed (all prison starters are considered unemployed at enrolment)
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Serving a custodial sentence with up to three years left to serve, or
  • Completing a post custody licence/supervision period or serving a community order

How we help

With low caseloads our case managers provide support to individuals with particularly complex needs. This may include help with housing, money management, substance misuse and mental health issues.
By identifying any gaps we formulate interventions appropriate to the individual; giving them the best possible chance of a successful return to their community.

One-to-one support

All participants will:

  • Have an individual case manager
  • Be encouraged to choose a personal sponsor
  • Have the opportunity to choose a mentor

Practical advice

  • Getting ID
  • Filling out forms
  • Writing letters
  • Care of’ address
  • Getting a bank account
  • Disclosure

Personal development

  • Timekeeping
  • Personal presentation
  • Communication skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Confidence building
  • Accredited personal development courses
  • Motivation training