The supervision of offenders both in prison and in the community has remained the cornerstone of the probation service since the late 1800s. More recently, greater emphasis has been placed on the management of offenders, which involves providing the support needed to manage risk, change behaviour and reduce crime.
We manage adults who have been convicted for crimes such as shoplifting, burglary, alcohol related motoring offences, and domestic abuse. We work closely with offenders who are about to be released from prison. This might involve helping them to find accommodation, reinstate family ties, find a job or referring them to a rehabilitation programme.
Integrated Offender Management (IOM)
The Integrated Offender Management scheme was put into place to target offenders who commit the most crime and cause the most harm to local communities. Our role involves making sure an offender being managed under this scheme is given intense supervision.
Research has shown that sentences which are effectively enforced are more likely to be completed by offenders and their risk of re-offending is more likely to be reduced. Any unacceptable behaviour by the offender or failure to attend appointments will lead to offenders being taken back to court. This can result in their original sentence being increased, or even in them being sent to prison. If an offender is released from prison on licence they are effectively serving their sentence. Our role is to make sure they abide by their licence conditions; they can be recalled back to prison if they break any of their conditions.