About the service

Nacro BASS is a service covering England and Wales that gives people who are eligible to be released from prison and do not have a suitable address somewhere stable to live and the support they need to move on to an independent, crime-free future. Accommodation and support are provided during the period of a person’s bail, Home Detention Curfew or Intensive Community Order.

People live in a mix of one-bed self-contained units and two, three and four-bed shared houses with communal living space, kitchen and bathroom. Families can be accommodated where needed. Nacro Support Officers undertake regular visits to provide mandatory support and to monitor adherence to bail conditions and any licence requirements. We also help individuals to find stable accommodation to move on to and offer support with employment, managing money, health and wellbeing, substance misuse and relationship building, if necessary.

Nacro BASS works in consultation with the Ministry of Justice, the Police, Local Authorities and Community Rehabilitation Companies.


The service is available for people aged 18 and over who have been released on bail, HDC or ICO and have been assessed as low to medium risk. We cannot accommodate those who have a conviction, caution or allegation of any sexual offences mentioned in Schedule 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or those who currently pose a high or very high risk of harm. Service users cannot be assessed as posing an unacceptable risk to staff, contractors, service users, the property or anyone else and they must be able to pay rent.

Make a referral

Referrals must be made by prison or probation staff based in prisons and courts. For general enquiries or to make a referral, email 0300 555 0264 or 07423 434032.


See our Nacro BASS frequently asked questions here.

See our Nacro BASS Referral Application & Allocation Policy here.

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Service location


England, Wales, UK


0300 555 0264

Fax 0113 262 1246