Partnership working in prisons
A prison Partnership Pack has been developed to support collaborative working between the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and third sector organisations delivering independently funded services in Scottish prisons. Click here to download a blank copy of the ‘Partnership Pack’.
The Packs can help to improve project planning, communication and co-ordination between SPS and third sector organisations, in order to maximise the impact and sustainability of proposed projects. Click here to see an example of a completed pack.
Links to further resources and news updates relating to the Partnership Packs can be found below. If you have any questions about the Packs, please contact us.
Background to the development of the Packs
Phase 1: CJVSF collaborated with The Robertson Trust and statutory bodies to develop the Packs and the first version of the Packs (also known as the Partnership Model Framework Agreements) were launched in 2011.
Phase 2: The Partnership Packs were evaluated in 2013. A range of stakeholders (including voluntary sector providers, SPS staff and independent funders) provided feedback to the independent evaluator which was helpful for establishing what was working well and where improvements could be made.
The evaluation found that, “Overall the key message from this review is positive: the partnership packs process is viewed across all stakeholder groups as an important development bringing clear added value to the relationship between SPS and third sector organisations. It is also welcomed by key funding agencies”. The evaluation also identified a need to improve the consistency of the use of the packs across the prison estate and to support the consistency of the quality of the completed packs by developing a new monitoring and review framework for future partnership pack use.
CJVSF and our Partnership Development Initiative partners worked together over the summer of 2013 to further develop the Partnership Packs in line with the evaluation feedback received from stakeholders. The revised Partnership Packs for developing prison-based services were launched at a partnership event at SPS College in November 2013.
Phase 3: Following further testing of the Pack, and a survey of third sector providers and feedback from Heads of Offender Outcomes, a more streamlined version was introduced in 2015.