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Press Release

New partnership to tackle offender rehabilitation

by Interserve Press Office | Mar 08, 2016

New partnership to tackle offender rehabilitationInterserve and Manchester Metropolitan University are proud to announce a new partnership which will develop innovative approaches to offender rehabilitation.

The Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) at Manchester Metropolitan will work with Interserve over the next three years to:

  • Evaluate a range of its offender rehabilitation interventions;
  • Review existing research evidence from the UK and around the world to identify promising new approaches; 
  • Support the development of innovative approaches to offender rehabilitation by helping Interserve to translate research and theory into practice; and
  • Work with staff across Interserve to ensure that evidence is translated into practice.

In addition, Interserve will be jointly funding a PhD titled 'An investigation into the theory and practice of personalised approaches to offender rehabilitation'.

Since 2015 the Interserve-led partnership, Purple Futures has been responsible for managing probation and rehabilitation services in five Community Rehabilitation Companies including Cheshire & Greater Manchester. Purple Futures is one of the leading providers of probation services in England and Wales and is responsible for managing 35,000 offenders a year.

Both PERU and Interserve are committed to developing innovative approaches to offender rehabilitation that are underpinned by robust research evidence. Staff from PERU supported Interserve when it was developing its distinct approach to offender rehabilitation that draws on desistance theory and the concept of personalisation of public services.

Professor Chris Fox, Director of PERU said: 

“I have been working with Interserve for a number of years as they have developed their justice offer. I share a desire to develop more personalised approaches to working with offenders. I have been impressed by their commitment to evidence-informed practice and innovative service design. I am delighted that PERU and Interserve will be working in partnership.”

Yvonne Thomas, Director for Justice at Interserve said: 

“Interserve’s long-standing relationship with Manchester Metropolitan University continues as we work together on evaluating what works and will ensure that we stay at the forefront of new approaches to rehabilitation. We are committed to reducing re-offending and understanding what works is critical to supporting offenders to change their lives.”

Photo left to right: Yvonne Thomas, Chris Fox, Mark Ellison, Steve Morris, Dougie Sutherland

Notes to editors

For more information contact Kat Dibbits in the Manchester Metropolitan University press office on 0161 247 5278 or email

Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe with 37,000 students and more than 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The University educates and trains large numbers of legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals.

Manchester Met has invested £350 million in its estate and facilities during a ten-year plan to create a truly world-class campus in the heart of Manchester and in Cheshire.

The University is in the top three nationally for environmental sustainability, in the top 3% of global universities as ranked by the Times Higher Education and has an 85% research impact rated world-leading and internationally excellent.

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Purple Futures is a new partnership of private sector, charities and social enterprise, that provides probation and rehabilitation services on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in five areas of the UK:

  • Cheshire & Greater Manchester
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight
  • Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire
  • Merseyside
  • West Yorkshire

Services are delivered as part of the Ministry of Justice’s Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) programme.

Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values. We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. We are headquartered in the UK and listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenues of £3.6 billion and a workforce of circa 80,000 people worldwide.

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