PCA Workshop: Integrated Offender Management Research and Practice

10.00-15.00 on 13 January 2014
London Probation HQ, 151 Buckingham Palace Road

Dear Chief Executives,

We would like to invite you to nominate delegates to attend a PCA workshop on recent research into Integrated Offender Management (IOM) on the 13 January 2014 at London Probation HQ.

Probation Trusts are prime partners in the wide variety of IOM schemes which have been established across the country, working closely with police and other public, voluntary and private sector partners to protect the public and reduce reoffending.  Early research evaluating the effectiveness of different IOM schemes is now emerging, and promising practices which could be scaled up are being identified.

The workshop will take stock of recent research into IOM, and consider alternative approaches and methods of evaluating and measuring outcomes.  A keynote presentation will be given by Sheffield Hallam University, who earlier this year published an evaluation of the IOM scheme in Sussex which showed reductions of reoffending by 57 per cent over a 2 year period.

The workshop will also consider how research into IOM can influence policy and practice. This comes in the context of the Government’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ reforms, which will abolish Probation Trusts by 1 April 2014 and outsource 70-80% of their work to the private sector, leaving a consolidated National Probation Service to categorise risk and directly oversee the highest risk cases. Established IOM schemes will be affected by the reforms to probation, and new arrangements will have to be made if IOM schemes are to be sustained and improved. The PCA believes that future policy and practice should be properly informed by evidence, and against this backdrop the workshop should prove timely.

A draft programme for the workshop is below.

In particular, the workshop would be suitable for those within Trusts involved in the commissioning and undertaking of research into IOM, and those implementing local IOM and partnership work. You also would be very welcome to forward this invite on to local partners who may have an interest in attending.

The workshop will take place on Monday 13th January 2014, with the workshop starting at 10.30 and finishing at 15.00 (refreshments upon arrival from 10.00). A networking sandwich lunch will be provided. The workshop is being held at London Probation HQ, 151 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SZ (approx. 5 minute walk from Victoria tube and rail station: see map attached below).

The workshop is free to attend, although unfortunately we are unable to compensate individual travel expenses. Please get in touch with Ben Ritchie at ben.ritchie@localhost or 03000 480 058 to nominate delegates or if you have any further questions concerning the event.

Draft Programme –  Integrated Offender Management research and practice workshop

10.00 – Refreshments upon arrival

10.30 –Chair’s welcome

10.35-11.20 – Keynote presentation of recent IOM research findings
Sheffield Hallam Centre for Community Justice: Prof. Paul Senior and Kevin Wong

11.30-12.30 – Breakout workshops: different approaches and experiences of researching IOM

A) Cost-benefit analyses of IOM –
Bedfordshire Probation Trust (invited)

B) Desistance/Service User approaches to IOM research –
Andy Williams, Detective Superintendent, Head of Avon & Somerset Constabulary’s Major Crime Investigation Team (confirmed)

12.30-13.30 – Networking lunch

13.30-15.00 –Using research on IOM to influence practice and the future design of probation services

-Sally Lewis: CE of Avon & Somerset Probation Trust and PCA IOM lead
-Bernard Lane, Head of Offender Strategies, Community Safety Directorate, Home Office
– Andrea Bennett, Senior Commissioning Manager, Ministry of Justice
-Fiona Bauermeister, Project Manager of London Central IOM team, London Probation Trust
-College of Policing (invited)
-Association of Chief Police Officers (invited)
-MOPAC (invited)

London Probation Trust HQ, 151 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SZ


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