Reducing reoffending


HMP Forest Bank is a safe and decent environment and is an essential foundation for a supportive and rehabilitative culture that motivates and enables individuals to make positive changes to their lives.

Quality of Life dimensions

Seven pathways for reducing reoffending

We deliver excellent offender management services using a wealth of experience and evidence based interventions.  The seven pathways for reducing reoffending that we employ have been established for more than a decade and were developed by the government’s Social Exclusion Unit, which researched the reasons for re-offending after release from prison:

  • Accommodation
  • Attitudes, thinking and behaviour
  • Children and family
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Education, training and employment
  • Finance, benefit and debt
  • Health

Rehabilitative and resettlement culture

We have used this experience to develop a rehabilitative and resettlement culture throughout the prison so that opportunities for all offenders to change their behaviour and reduce future offending are encouraged from the first day of custody.

This allows opportunities for prisoners to take responsibility for their own rehabilitation and encourages them and their families to engage with the resettlement services available to improve their wellbeing and desist from future criminality.


HMP Forest Bank
Agecroft Road
M27 8FB

Tel: 0161 925 7000

Starting Fresh

Sodexo is committed to proactively recruiting skilled and qualified people with criminal convictions through our campaign, Starting Fresh.
We have committed delivering positive Social Impact  and filling 5% of our own appropriate job opportunities with people with criminal convictions. As a Ban the Box employer, we don’t ask about criminal convictions at the application stage unless we statutorily have to, such as when safeguarding measures need to be considered. 
The Starting Fresh campaign also encourages and provides guidance to other businesses on how they can proactively hire people with criminal convictions, removing perceived barriers and concerns.
Visit our online hub where you will find resources and support, plus case studies of the impact Starting Fresh has had on the companies and individuals involved.
You can also contact us for help getting started on your Starting Fresh journey – whether you want to visit a prison to see skills training in action, organise an employer day to explore recruitment opportunities, or even just ask a question not addressed in our FAQ.