The Impact of Personal Social Development Learning for Offenders

NIACE works to improve the quality and breadth of opportunities available for all adults so they can benefit from learning throughout their lives, and has for many years contributed to debates about the nature, extent and quality of learning and skills available to offenders. This is in line with our primary aim of advancing the case for adult learning in public policy and debate and to use research evidence to influence and persuade others that improving, increasing and extending opportunities for adults to learn throughout their lives, has public as well as individual benefits.

Throughout the past year NIACE has been supporting Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) staff to identify and evidence the wider outcomes of some of their personal and social development (PSD) learning provision for offenders in custody. This forms part of our Offender Learning Programme for 2013-2014, which was funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). This report presents the results of this work and case studies from the prisons we worked with, as well as some considerations for both policy makers and OLASS providers.