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Policy in detail: Reducing Reoffending Change Fund

The Reducing Reoffending Change Fund is one of three change funds created by the Scottish Government to help drive a decisive shift towards preventative spending, to be utilised between 2012 and 2015.

The fund is worth £10 million, comprising £7.5 million funding from Scottish Government, with the welcome addition of a £2 million charitable contribution from the Robertson Trust, and £500,000 contributed by the Scottish Prison Service.

The fund has two key aims:

  • to provide offenders with substantial one-to-one support through evidence-based mentoring schemes
  • to promote strong, equal partnership working between third and public sector organisations

Two types of funding have been allocated:

  1.       Two year funding for the delivery of mentoring services, issued to partnerships of third and public sector organisations (from June 2013 to March 2015)

  2.       Shorter term funding (from October 2012 to March 2013) either to support the development of partnerships, or to support the expansion or enhancement of existing mentoring interventions

Year Two & Three Change fund Allocations

Funding for Years 2 and 3 of the Change Fund was announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on 11 April 2013.

Six allocations were made, to a total of £7.7 million.

Two national mentoring services were launched, to respond to the needs of prolific young male offenders, and of women offenders.  Four other specialised projects were also supported.

Each proposal was made by a Public Social Partnership (PSP) – a partnership between public and third sector organisations which is formed to co-design the proposed service, and which will work together to deliver the service.

  • A PSP led by the Wise Group was granted £2.9 million to establish a national mentoring service for prolific young male offenders, titled New Routes.The Wise Group will be partnered by Sacro, Apex Scotland, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Turning Point Scotland, Families Outside, Circle, Relationships Scotland, Youth Community Support Agency, the eight CJAs, SPS and the National Prisoner Healthcare Network.
  • A PSP led by SACRO was granted £2.7 million to establish a national mentoring service for women offenders, titled Shine. SACRO will be partnered by partners Apex Scotland, Barnardo’s, Circle, The Wise Group, Turning Point Scotland, Access to Industry, Venture Trust, Scottish Prison Service, Association of Directors of Social Work and Scotland’s eight Criminal Justice Authorities.
  • A PSP led by Action for Children and Barnardos was granted £1.3 million to establish a mentoring service for young male offenders in East Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Highlands, drawing on their extensive experience with supporting young people.
  • A PSP led by Includem was granted £311,000 to deliver a programme of intensive support and mentoring to problem young offenders in the Glasgow Area.
  • A PSP led by Tayside Council on Alcohol was granted £311k to expand upon the existing mentoring work delivered by TCA, and to expand that work into , Perth and Kinross and Angus.
  • A PSP led by Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire was granted £180,000 to deliver a specialised mentoring service in South Lanarkshire. with a particular focus on young offenders’ employability and work skills.

Information on the criteria for allocations of Year 2 & 3 funding is available in the guidance to applicants.

Year One Change Fund Allocations

Applications for Year 1 funding (from October 2012 to March 2013) closed on 21 September 2012.  Bids were received either to support the development of Public Social Partnerships seeking to develop full project proposals, or to support the expansion or enhancement of existing mentoring interventions.

Grants were agreed by a decision-making group comprising representatives from the Scottish Government Community Justice Division, Third Sector Unit and Justice Analytical Services; the Scottish Prison Service; the Association of Directors of Social Work and The Robertson Trust.

A list of the successful applicants for Year 1 funding and their awards is available.

Details and contact information for the successful recipients are available for:


An independent evaluation was commissioned of the Public Social Partnership development funded by Year One of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund, examining the process of developing Public Social Partnerships. The report was published on 17 May 2013.

Ipsos MORI have been contracted to be an independent evaluator to examine for the ongoing development of the successful PSPs, and the delivery of mentoring services, over the 2013-15 period.


Any queries about the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund should be directed to kevin.fulton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk , and queries regarding the successful projects should be directed to fionajamieson@therobertsontrust.org.uk