Supporting Offenders into Employment (SOE) is a joint initiative between Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Department of Corrections that is trialling new ways to support people as they transition from prison into sustainable employment. SOE involves engaging with a person before they leave prison, on-going support after release, and up to a year after they enter employment.
Comments from case study participants suggest the service is operating as intended and supporting clients into employment. Most of the clients who were interviewed said the SOE service was one of the most “positive” support service experiences they’d ever had. This was attributed to a relationship-based approach between case manager and client, where both parties were invested in the trial goals.