The first report from the OMCCS explores which offenders are sentenced to Community Orders; the needs assessment process; sentence planning; and how sentences are tailored. This found that Offender Managers used the formal assessment process to target those more at risk of reoffending and to plan sentences, using their professional judgment to prioritise needs and identify other risks. Offenders had complex needs and assessments of some needs might be more accurate once their relationship with the Offender Manager develops. Further analysis of the OMCCS will investigate other aspects of Community Orders, including the levels of reoffending among these offenders.
The technical report summarises the methodology used for the Wave 1, or baseline, survey in the Offender Management Community Cohort Study (OMCCS). Wave 1 interviews were carried out with a sample of offenders who started Community Orders between October 2009 and December 2010; these Wave 1 interviews took place around 3 months after the start of the offender’s Community Order. This first survey covered the offenders’ perceptions and experiences of Community Orders, their backgrounds, attitudes and needs. Further technical reports will summarise the methods used in the rest of the study.
This report is published together with the Baseline survey questionnaire.