Prison Partnerships

candidate interview Ranald McKechnie

I welcome the relationship which has been established with Working Chance and consider them a valued partner to both of my prisons.

Robin Eldridge Governor - HMP Downview and HMP East Sutton Park


We pioneered restorative recruitment for women with convictions and over the years have developed a unique body of knowledge and experience. As the UK’s only recruitment consultancy for women with convictions and young women leaving care, we are well placed to reach women in the criminal justice system.

We have established referral protocols with statutory and criminal justice agencies and are a recognised third-party provider to JobCentre Plus. Over 30% of our candidates are referred to us by women's prisons.


Read about our impact


We are currently delivering workshops in the following women’s prisons:

•    HMP Send
•    HMP Downview
•    HMP East Sutton Park
•    HMP Styal

We also have an on-site office at HMP Downview in Surrey.


Our awards

Last year we opened the first recruitment office in a UK prison. It's run by serving prisoners who we have trained.

Our quality, end-to-end employment, employability and support services are enabling women to create a future where their families can flourish. 

We run the following services in women’s prisons across London and Manchester

•    Pre-release employability support
•    Employability workshops
•    Recruitment services 

For more information about becoming a partner, please complete the form below.


In this two minute film by The Exceptionals, our candidate Jenny shares the story of her journey back to work after four years in prison.

The Exceptionals is an online resource to inspire and inform employers to hire people with convictions. Film directed by Roann Ghosh, Greener Productions. Graphics by Gw+Co. www.theexceptionals.org | @exceptionals_uk