The Future of Offender Management Conference
Integrated offender management provides criminal justice partners with the opportunity to develop an approach to managing those offenders whose offending is of most concern locally. Most of those working in integrated offender management are committed to the local approach and have high expectations of reducing re offending.
It’s been three years since the most significant reforms to tackling re-offending and managing offenders in the community were set out. Now, the Future of Offender Management Conference will allow delegates to discuss and debate ways to reduce re-offending rates and improve offender employment levels, through methods such as enhancing offender learning provision and skill development.
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|The Rt Hon Lord Tom McNally||Chair of the Youth Justice Board|
|Richard Ward||Social Disadvantage (Offender Skills and Employment) Team, Pre-employment and Basic Skills Unit, Vocational Education, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills|
|Lorna Fitzjohn||The National Director for Further Education & Skills, Ofsted|
|Prof Neal Hazel||HM Deputy Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales|
|Dr Sarah Bromley||National Medical Director Health in Justice, Care UK|
|Roz Hamilton||Deputy Director, National Probation Service North West|
|Paul Hill||Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Safer and Resilient Communities, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service|
|Clare McGregor||Managing Director, Coaching Inside and Out (CIAO)|
|James Levy||Sales and Marketing Director, L & G International|
|Robin Burton||Reducing Reoffending Partnership|
|The Rt. Hon Lord Bradley of Withington||Labour Party politician|
The Future of Offender Management
“These reforms are all about changing lives. We cannot go on with a situation where thousands of prisoners are released onto the streets every year with no guidance or support, and are simply left to reoffend. These reforms will transform the way in which we tackle reoffending. This announcement, that brings together the best of the public, private and voluntary sectors to set up our battle against reoffending, and to bring innovative new ways of working with offenders. In particular, I am really pleased that we will be deploying the skills of some of Britain’s best rehabilitation charities to help these offenders turn their lives around…This new approach will not just redouble our efforts to bring down reoffending. It will also prevent many more people from becoming victims of crime in the future.” - Chris Grayling MP, Justice Secretary, 29th October 2014
Regardless of political affiliation, the commitment to tackle the unacceptable re-offending rates rings universally true. The future of offender management promises to be at the forefront of the public policy agenda, particularly in the run up to the General Election.
Back in January 2012, consistently high re-offending rates, with almost half of all prison-leavers reoffending within 12 months – and 58 per cent for those serving less than a year – led to a radical overhaul offender management. Half a million crimes are committed by convicted criminals each year alone.
Statistics released by the Government back in August 2013 showed that over 26% of criminals re-offend within one year of leaving custody. In January 2014, the government released further statistics showing that 54% of offenders claim out-of-work benefits after leaving prison. This is clearly not acceptable for all those concerned.
Integrated offender management is a significant element of the Home Office and Ministry of Justice’s strategy to prevent crime and reduce reoffending. It provides a unique opportunity to maintain oversight and a degree of control over offenders who are at a high risk of reoffending, even when they are not subject to statutory supervision. The key principles of the approach were set out in a joint Home Office and Ministry of Justice publication in 2009.
Integrated offender management involves criminal justice and other agencies working together to deliver a local response to crime, targeting those offenders most at risk of reoffending or committing offences that might cause serious harm to others. Alongside this, enhancing the employment prospects of offenders though education and skills development is seen as a key pathway to reducing rates of re-offending.
Ofsted have previously stated that even though providing offenders in custody with high quality education and training can significantly improve their employability, only 35 per cent of education and training is currently judged as ‘good’. As a result, the Government is committed to improving this figure and is continuing to strengthen links with employers and voluntary organisations, roll out the use of virtual campuses and is placing a much greater emphasis on offenders developing the skills they need to achieve employment after release.
In addition, back in January 2014, the Government published the consultation outcome Transforming Youth Custody: Putting Education at the Heart of Detention, which stated that education will be placed at the core of the young offenders’ custodial system in order to improve their life chances. This will be achieved through placing young people in ‘Secure Colleges’ in an effort to double the amount of time they spend in education and engaging employers to ensure that the education they receive effectively prepares them for employment after release.
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Key points addressed on the day will include:
- Working collaboratively with providers and partners to achieve a transformed justice system to make communities safer, prevent victims and cut crime
- Reducing reoffending rates through the improved delivery of offender management services across the UK
- Reforming the rehabilitation system - delivering more effective offender services
- Developing models of apprenticeships and traineeships for offenders
- Understanding the importance of offender learning in rehabilitation
- Identifying and tackling the barriers for employment for offenders and ex-offenders
- Generating the right skills to bring ex-offenders back into the community
- Developing a multi-agency approach to enhancing offender learning
- Acknowledging the role of the voluntary sector in enhancing the rehabilitation process
- Working in partnership to increase employment opportunities for offenders
- Supporting the resettlement and reintegration of ex-offenders into the community
- Improving health and wellbeing to decrease levels of offending
- Tackling reoffending through improved local drug and alcohol services
- Breaking the cycle of reoffending by providing supported accommodation
- Working towards an integrated approach to support effective offender management
- Transforming rehabilitation services to encourage widespread competition, drive efficiency and achieve greater flexibility
- Involving social enterprises in the provision of offender rehabilitation, training and developing skills for employment
- Supporting offender management through investment in technology
- Insights into secure tracking, monitoring and mapping: high security IT solutions
- Solving crime, reducing victimisation and re-offending through improved case management
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Who should attend?
Delegates who will be attending this offender management conference are heads of skills and learning, heads of vocational learning, virtual campus leads, heads of offender management, community safety managers, youth justice officers, heads of criminal justice boards, restorative justice coordinators, community partnerships managers, probation officers, heads of crime reduction partnerships, heads of reducing re-offending, and heads of offender health. These delegates will be drawn from colleges, universities, probation trusts, prisons, criminal justice boards, housing associations, local authorities and the voluntary sector.