Ministry of Justice and National Offender Management Service
Our recent publication Unlocking the Criminal Justice System provides you with information and advice to understand and engage with the Criminal Justice System
The Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ)is the government department responsible for:
- Protecting the public and reducing re-offending.
- Ensuring a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public.
- Delivering fair and simple routes to civil and family justice.
- Strengthening democracy, rights and justice.
The National Offenders Management Service (NOMS)
An executive agency of the MoJ, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) brings together the headquarters of the Probation Service and HM Prison Service. NOMS is responsible for commissioning and delivering adult offender management services in custody and in the community in England and Wales. NOMS regions are responsible for:
- commissioning services for their region
- developing a regional reducing re-offending delivery plan
- co-ordinating regional and local partnerships
You can find the NOMS in your regions on the National Offender Management Service pages of the MoJ website.
Her Majesty's Prison Service serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts. Our duty is to look after them with humanity and help them lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.
To find out how prisons work or to locate a prison in your area, visit HM Prison Service website.
Probation Trusts have responsibility for working with Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) and a range of other departments at a local level to provide and commission interventions and other services from providers in the public, private and voluntary and community sectors. Each Probation Trust has a Local Delivery Unit (LDU) that is who is responsible for all work delivered or commissioned the probation trust. The LDU manager is also responsible engaging with other local statutory and VCS partners.
A list of probation trusts is available on the National Probation Service website.
Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs)
In each local authority in England and Wales there is a Community Safety Partnership . The CSP panel should be representative of statutory, voluntary and private organisations with a role in crime reduction. CSPs are encouraged to engage with as many local agencies and voluntary groups as possible in order to achieve a truly community-based multi-agency approach to crime reduction.
For more information on CSPs visit the Community Safety Advisory Service or contact your local authority.
It is important for members to link with CSPs and Probation Trusts locally. The role of local support and development organisations as the voice and build the capacity of the sector who work with offenders, former offenders and their families, as well as brokering and signposting agencies to appropriate organisations.
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