Guidance

Building voluntary and community sector involvement in integrated offender management

The building voluntary and community sector (VCS) involvement in integrated offender management (IOM) programmes.

Documents

Clinks overview of the Home Office and Clinks voluntary community sector (VCS) intergrated offender management (IOM) project (PDF file - 463kb)

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Harnessing voluntary and community sector resources to help reduce reoffending in Gloucestershire - a framework for commissioning (PDF file - 1mb - Warning: large file)

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Report 1: Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset (PDF file - 109kb)

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Report 2: Croydon (PDF file - 441kb)

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Report 3: Gloucestershire (PDF file - 545kb)

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Report 4: Leeds (PDF file - 376kb)

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Detail

The building voluntary and community sector (VCS) involvement in integrated offender management (IOM) programme, funded by the Home Office and managed by Clinks, aims to build on and strengthen the role of the VCS in local IOM arrangements as an equal partner.  The 4 areas involved in the programme were Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, Croydon, Gloucestershire and Leeds.

A wide range of work strands was funded across the four areas. These included:

  • building strategic partnerships
  • capacity building the VCS to engage with IOM Developing new opportunities for volunteering with and by offenders
  • involving service users
  • exploring the potential for local social action to increase IOM arrangements, capacity and responsiveness in very dispersed rural communities
  • developing innovative VCS service approaches to meet the identified needs of offenders under the local IOM approaches

The Home Office and Clinks have also published jointly a series of resources that draw on the learning from this programme. These resources are primarily intended to help key stakeholders involved in local IOM arrangements to review the role of voluntary and community sector (VCS) partners, but may equally help VCS organisations to think about the range of roles they could undertake, individually or collectively. Resource 4, in particular, aims to help VCS organisations  engage with local IOM arrangements and other criminal justice system (CJS) structures. 

The resources in the series include:

  • Resource 1: the added value of VCS partners in IOM arrangements
  • Resource 2: mapping and engaging with potential local VCS partners
  • Resource 3: the potential brokerage role of Local Support and Development Organisations
  • Resource 4: how VCS organisations can engage with local IOM arrangements and other criminal justice system (CJS) structures
  • Resource 5: strategic partnership working
  • Resource 6: operational partnership working
  • Resource 7: IOM - the rural partnership challenge

The series is accompanied by a number of online supplements which provide additional material to support all seven resources:

  • Supplement 1: integrated Offender Management - a briefing
  • Supplement 2: overview of the programme: building voluntary and community sector involvement in integrated offender management
  • Supplement 3: glossary of acronyms
  • Supplement 4: bibliography and linked resources