A joint thematic inspection of Integrated Offender Management
Integrated Offender Management (IOM) was originally established in 2009 and aimed to bring a cross-agency response to the threat of crime and reoffending faced by local communities. The most persistent and problematic offenders were to be identified and managed jointly by partner agencies working together. IOM aims to help improve the quality of life in communities by:
- reducing the negative impact of crime and reoffending
- reducing the number of people who become victims of crime/li>
- helping to improve the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system.
In June 2014, as part of the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme, 35 probation trusts were replaced by a new public sector National Probation Service (NPS) and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), owned by eight organisations, each different in constitution and outlook.
Subsequently, the Ministry of Justice and Home Office relaunched their approach to IOM in 2015 and refreshed the key principles. Broadly, these led to the diversification of IOM and enabled individual areas to bring in a wider range of offender cohorts and offence types. All offenders are now potentially within the scope of IOM. Where previously the approach was used to support and manage those with the most complex needs who posed a high likelihood of reoffending, IOM now focuses more on serious harm.
This inspection aimed to examine how IOM has been operating since the implementation of Transforming Rehabilitation and in a climate of reduced police numbers. HMI Probation and HMICFRS visited seven different IOM schemes in England and Wales, selected to provide a cross-section of urban and rural locations.