The Integrated Offender Management Scheme is a multi-agency approach with a view to identifying pathways for individuals to address their offending or anti-social behaviour. Police work alongside Probation, CRC, Unity, Children Services, Mental Health, Housing, L&D and Adult Social Care.
All these organisations work together to achieve a common goal, to divert individuals away from criminal activity through support and rehabilitation. The different elements of work used to break the cycle of offending are called pathway support.
The pathways that are proven to address offending are:
- Training & Education
- Training & Education
- Mental & Physical Health
- Drugs & Alcohol
- Finance, Benefits & Debt
- Children & Families
- Attitudes, Thinking & Behaviour
We work with agencies to encourage individuals to take up this support. If they fail to engage or are still offending then we act as the final option of enforcement and we will target an individual until such time as they desist from crime and engage or they are put back in prison as a consequence of their offending.
IOM will concentrate on two main groups called Cohorts. The first cohort is made up of volume/acquisitive crime offenders. The second cohort is made up of offenders that pose more risk namely domestic abuse perpetrators, violent offenders and some registered sex offenders. There are 2 Police officers (Offender Managers) assigned in each area of Cumbria (North, South and West).
Nominations to IOM
Any agency can nominate an individual, however, the nominee will need a high level of engagement and determination to change their attitudes and thinking towards their behaviours. Once a nomination is received, it will be screened by the Police, Probation and CRC who will decide if the nominee reaches the required threshold. Once this screening process has been completed, a Joint Agency Group meeting (JAG) is held where the nominee is discussed.
If accepted a clear strategy will be devised indicating the measurable outcomes that are intended to be achieved. Actions will be subsequently identified and allocated to the most appropriate agency. A lead agency will be nominated to deliver the strategy and coordinate the actions of the other partners within the IOM group. This would be either the agency with a statutory responsibility for the individual or the nominating agency. The strategy and actions will be reviewed at each monthly meeting.
To date, numerous persons have benefited from the scheme which has led to reduced re-offending and anti-social behaviour.
How to nominate
Please see attached nomination form. Once fully completed (including the risk assessment) this should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Secure email addresses must be used. You will have a decision within 5 working days.
What information we provide in MARAC
Previous offending behaviour and previous/current priority pathways that have been or are currently being addressed. Attitudes/ability to change in terms of lifestyle and offending behaviour (are they responsive to support services and what the level of engagement is). Risk level in terms of what level they are currently at on IOM (BRAG) Any relevant recent/previous intelligence….
The type of actions we can offer to help safeguard and support the victim and associated children within a MARAC meeting
As above. In addition, IOM regularly conduct joint visits to offenders in a domestic/ community/custodial setting. By definition their role involves partnership working and actions can be taken away from the MARAC process to work with key agencies e.g CSD to safeguard victims/children. The OM`s are also involved in intel development that can identify an escalation of risk which can assist in the risk management process