Supporting the needs of offenders with learning difficulties and disabilities

Supporting the needs of offenders with learning difficulties and disabilities

We are now inviting the voluntary sector to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for a new funding opportunity which aims to support and promote the needs of offenders with learning disabilities and learning difficulties.

Promoting and supporting the needs of offenders with learning difficulties and disabilities

Reference number: 2927-2 Reducing Reoffending-SE-RFP

Deadline date:14/01/2013

This deadline is for… The submission of proposals

Contract value:£0 – £450,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom England and Wales only

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Procurement – CMT L&SE


Description of the contract

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) currently provides a grants programme for voluntary sector organisations working to reduce re-offending. We are now inviting the voluntary sector to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for a new funding opportunity which aims to support and promote the needs of offenders with learning disabilities and learning difficulties. The project will be outcome based, with a particular focus on upskilling the organisation in terms of staff knowledge and ongoing service provision. NOMS is committed to improving provision for offenders with learning disabilities and difficulties, both in prison and probation. This is reflected in the NOMS equality objectives, which include the following: Disability: Prisoners with Learning Disabilities • Ensure comprehensive screening is in place so that all prisoners with learning disabilities are identified; • Ensure that reasonable adjustments are made for all prisoners with learning disabilities. This will be a national project with local engagement as and where appropriate. The successful organisation will be expected to work within the parameters of the service to develop innovative and lasting approaches in this area, which are provider neutral. Funding of £450,000 is potentially available. Scope, Timescale and Funding Grant funding of up to £450,000 is available, made up of the following amounts: • £150,000 in the period up to 31 March 2013; and • £300,000 in the period 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014. NOMS are willing to consider bids to undertake activity in either years, or both. VCSE organisations are invited to bid for any sum up to the full amount. NOMS may decide to award just one grant, or a number of them. NOMS are keen to support smaller projects where they will add value, but because of our limited resources for managing grants NOMS will not be able to work with more than three organisations at any one time. In the light of the amount of funding which is available in this business year, NOMS are particularly interested in proposals for: • projects that can be delivered by 31 March 2013; and/or • two-phase projects, in which intensive first phase activity up to 31 March 2013 is used to work up in more detail the proposals for work in 2013-14.



Classification of the contract

75231200 Services related to the detention or rehabilitation of criminals


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? Yes : Grant Funding Programme

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 28/01/2013 – 31/03/2014


Who to contact

Contact name NOMS Women & Equalities Group

Organisation name Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

Address NOMS Women & Equalities Group, 3rd Floor, Clive House, 70 Petty France, london, london, SW1H 9HD

Telephone 03000475005

Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

How to apply The Ministry of Justice will be running this process through its eSourcing Portal. The eSourcing Portal is an online application that allows all potential suppliers to create and submit their responses to any Requests for Information, Requests for Quotes, or Requests for Proposals via the internet rather than in paper form (where they have been invited to respond). The eSourcing Portal will also be used by the Ministry of Justice to run Reverse Auctions. If you are not registered on the eSourcing Portal please send an email to the relevant buyer as stated in the notice/advert or to & stating: Company Name, Your Name, Contact email & Sourcing Reference Number: 2927-2Reducing Reoffending-SE-RFP The buyer will then contact you with the registration process. If you are already registered on the eSourcing Portal, please contact the relevant Buyer expressing your interest in the sourcing event. Prospective Providers (new and currently registered on the MoJ esourcing portal) MUST ensure they update their organisation profile on the portal, specifically providing the requested information within the Fields titled: Main, Additional Information and Pre-Qualification Questions. Only those interested organisations with updated profile information will be invited to participate in this tender event. Transparency: HM Government requires that tender documentation issued by government departments for contracts with a value exceeding £10,000 over the life of the contract are published online ( for the general public. The resulting contract shall also be published. The Ministry of Justice may use its discretion to redact information to protect key commercial interests or on prescribed grounds. Therefore, bidders who wish information not to be published if successful should secure agreement with the Ministry of Justice prior to submission. Only documentation relating to awarded contracts will be published. Key commercial interests would be trade secrets and commercial interests which would be prejudiced by publication, following the tests in section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The prescribed grounds for redaction are: (a) national security; (b) personal data; (c) information protected by intellectual property law; (d) information which it is not in the public interest to disclose (following the tests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000) (e) third party confidential information; (f) IT security; or (g) prevention of fraud.