Integrated Offender Management

Integrated Offender Management is an overarching framework that allows local and partner agencies to come together to ensure that the offenders, whose crimes cause most damage and harm locally, are managed in a coordinated way.

Local integrated offender management approaches differ from area to area, reflecting local priorities, but there are common key principles. These include:

  • All partners tackling offenders together. 
    Local partners (both criminal justice and non-criminal justice agencies) encourage the development of a multi-agency problem-solving approach by focussing on offenders, not offences.
  • Delivering a local response to local problems.
    All relevant local partners are involved in strategic planning, decision-making and funding choices.
  • Offenders facing their responsibility or facing the consequences.
    Offenders are provided with a clear understanding of what is expected of them.
  • Making better use of existing programmes and governance.
    This involves gaining further benefits from programmes (such as the prolific and other priority offenders programme, drug interventions programme, and community justice) to increase the benefits for communities. This will also enable partners to provide greater clarity around roles and responsibilities.
  • All offenders at high risk of causing serious harm and/or re-offending are 'in scope'.

Intensity of management relates directly to severity of risk, irrespective of position within the criminal justice system or whether statutory or non-statutory.

IOM and social enterprise

The Home Office, in partnership with Clinks and Social Firms UK is undertaking a short piece of work to explore the role of social enterprises and community interest companies in providing training and employment opportunities for offenders (both adult and young offenders).  The aim is to capture and share some of the current key learning and effective practice through the development of a set of effective practice resources.  The work will also benefit and help local Integrated Offender Management partnerships learn from the wider experience of social enterprises working within the Criminal Justice System.

The Home Office together with Clinks and Social Firms UK invited expressions of interests from social enterprises to share their learning.  We have had an overwhelming response and 20 organisations have been selected to developed more detailed case studies. 

Clinks and Social Firms UK have also organised an event on 20 March in London which is free to partners.  The purpose of the event is to look at how we can work together to build sustainable social enterprises supporting offenders into training and employment.  We want Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE) organisations, statutory partners (national and local), private sector and local businesses to attend and share their experience and learning.  Further information about the event and the booking form is available on Clinks’ website.

IOM Efficiency Toolkit Phase 2

The Value for Money tool is now live.  You can download the tool and the supporting documents from the links on the right.

If you have any problems downloading, or running the tool then please contact the Offender Strategies Team using the contact details on the right.

Building Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) involvement in IOM

Building VCS involvement in the IOM programme funded by the Home Office and managed by Clinks, aimed to build on and strengthen the role of the VCS in local IOM arrangements as an equal partner. 

The Home Office and Clinks have also published jointly a series of resources that draw on the learning from this programme.  These resources are primarily intended to help key stakeholders involved in local IOM arrangements to review the role of voluntary and community sector (VCS) partners, but may equally help VCS organisations to think about the range of roles they could undertake, individually or collectively. Resource 4, in particular, aims to help VCS organisations  engage with local IOM arrangements and other Criminal Justice System (CJS) structures. An overview of the programme and the final reports can be accessed from the links to the right.

IOM Survey

This paper presents a summary of findings from a national survey of a broad range of partners engaged in the strategic development and operational delivery of local Integrated Offender Management (IOM) approaches, incorporating the local Prolific and other Priority Offender (PPO) and the Drug Interventions Programmes (DIP).

National Conference on Integrated Offender Management: 2012

“Working together, Making an Impact”

The 2012 national Integrated Offender Management conference hosted by the Home Office, was held at the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) Headquarters in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry.

The two day Ministerial led conference took place on the 3rd and 4th July 2012 with contributions from keynote speakers including the then Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, Nick Herbert MP, Association of Chief Police Officers, Ministry of Justice, Offender Health, Youth Justice Board, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, National Offender Management Service, and the Local Government Association.

The event attracted around 200 delegates from police, probation, prisons, youth services, local authorities, voluntary and community sectors and other agencies.  It covered a range of themes relevant to Integrated Offender Management, set into the context of the Government’s criminal justice reforms, preparation for the arrival of Police and Crime Commissioners, and health reforms.

A  conference report has been published  which provides a summary of the addresses given by the various keynote speakers and this is now available together  with some of the presentations made during the conference  using  the links to the right.

IOM workforce development programme

The Home Office has commissioned the Hallam Centre for Community Justice at Sheffield Hallam University to develop the IOM e-learning programme. 

The programme aims to bring together all the current knowledge about emerging practice to help support local areas and develop the skills of key stakeholders at both the strategic and operational level to manage offenders more effectively as part of their local IOM arrangements. 

The aims of the IOM workforce development programme are to:

  • increase IOM awareness at all levels;
  • improve workforces’ IOM-related knowledge and skills;
  • contribute to the development of an agreed vision of IOM locally;
  • embed and communicate that vision to relevant organisations; and
  • assist in the effective and efficient management of offenders

The IOM e-learning programme contributes to this by providing learning materials to meet the above aims, allowing local areas to construct curriculums to ensure coverage of all key IOM-related elements and providing an e-learning platform to deliver this.  The e-learning platform consists of three main areas: knowledge repository, problem solving and toolkits.

If you are working within a local IOM partnership in either a strategic or operational role, then you may wish to register to join the IOM e-learning programme and access the e-learning platform.  You can register for access through their website or by emailing the team at Sheffield Hallam University.

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