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VCS experiences of criminal justice contracting: A series of case studies

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) have expressed an ambition to see quality Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) services at the heart of reducing reoffending. However, current commissioning practice, and in particular procurement practice, often deter or even exclude the VCS.

Clinks’ paper, Competition, commissioning and the VCS (October 2011), made a series of recommendations to the Ministry of Justice to address the key issues, on which Clinks continues to lobby.
If we are to realise the potential of open public services, all sectors need to work together to ensure that innovative and effective practice is held up as a model for others to learn from, replicate or adapt, and together develop commissioning practice which supports rather than hinders such approaches. For this reason, Clinks aims to identify and promote examples of good commissioning, including procurement and subcontracting.

Case studies