Clinks, the umbrella body for charities working with offenders, has launched an online directory to help voluntary sector organisations promote their work in criminal justice to prime contractors and commissioners under the new Transforming Rehabilitation programme.
The Partnership Finder directory, which was launched on Friday, allows users to search hundreds of organisations by the service provided, geographical area, size and track record.
More than 300 organisations have signed up to the directory, which was funded by £54,450 from the Cabinet Office in order to maximise the number of charities and social enterprises involved in the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme, announced in January.
The government said it planned to contract out probation services for low and medium-risk offenders to private companies and charities.
Charities and community and voluntary organisations that work to rehabilitate offenders but are not already registered with the directory have been urged to sign up through its website.
Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "We want to work with the most effective organisations to reduce unacceptable levels of reoffending. This is one of several initiatives to make it easier for great charities, social enterprises and mutuals to compete effectively for contracts."
Clive Martin, director of Clinks, said that prime providers had already started using the directory to research and build their supply chains.
"I would urge any organisations that have not yet registered to do so now and make the most of the opportunity to promote the fantastic work you do to rehabilitate offenders," he said.