Integrated Offender Management

IOM Lead headers - key principles

The Integrated Offender Management (IOM) policy statement, as set out by the Ministry of Justice, identifies five key principles which should underpin local IOM arrangements. These are accepted by the Reducing Reoffending Group and are the golden thread of our offender management approach.

They are as follows: 

  • All partners tackling offenders together - local partners, both criminal justice and non-criminal justice agencies encourage the development of a multi-agency problem-solving approach by focussing on offenders, not offences.
  • Delivering a local response to local problems - all relevant local partners are involved in strategic planning, decision-making and funding choices. 
  • Offenders facing their responsibility or facing the consequences - offenders are provided with a clear understanding of what is expected of them.
  • Making better use of existing programmes and governance - this involves gaining further benefits from programmes such as the PPO programme, DIP and Community Justice to increase the benefits for communities. This will also enable partners to provide greater clarity around roles and responsibilities.
  • All offenders at high risk of causing serious harm and/or re-offending are 'in scope' - intensity of management relates directly to severity of risk, irrespective of position within the criminal justice system or whether statutory or non-statutory.