Everyone Deserves a Second Chance? Integrated Offender Management Prevention & Community Protection
26 August 2015
Integrated Offender Management |Prevention and Community Protection (Police and Fire).
There are certain recognised pathways to offending and re-offending. These include problems with Drugs, Alcohol, Accommodation, Financial, Employment/Training/Education, Children/ Relationships/Families, Mental and Physical Health, and Attitudes/Thinking and Behaviour. Some individuals may be affected by one or more of these issues.
The Integrated Offender Management Team aims to help reduce crime by targeting individuals who have been prolific offenders and whom we believe present a risk of re-offending. Some of these people are statutorily obliged to work with Police as a condition of their current prison licence whilst others are asked if they wish to engage with us on a voluntary basis.
We aim to assist these individuals make real changes in their lives and move away from committing crime.
This is done by establishing what each individuals needs are, be those addiction, debt, employability etc and tailoring a response which supports them to address this. We work with agencies that deal specifically with each of the eight pathways and will refer individuals for assistance where appropriate.
We are aware that many individuals who are trying to turn their lives around find that boredom is a real factor which can adversely affect their progress. They may be in a position where they have recently stopped taking non-prescription drugs, may be trying to avoid old associates who they feel could tempt them back to criminal activity or drug use and may be unable to take on paid work as they will lose their benefits/accommodation. They are therefore at home with nothing to do, no-one around and no money to spend and so get bored and tempted back into old ways.
The benefits of offering some voluntary work to some of these ex-offenders are many: Firstly it could be a real boost to their self-esteem, keep them out of risky associate’s way and encourage development of positive new contacts which could assist preventing their return to criminal activity. We need a holistic approach to help offenders break the cycle of negative behaviours, including committing crime, and begin to positively contribute to society. Having a conviction isn’t as rare as you might think: one in three men by the age of 53 will have a criminal conviction.
Apprentice Supermarket have kindly offered to deliver a two week work experience course at Phoenix Resource Centre for our cohort, in order to try and add another dimension to the intervention that we currently offer. During this time the candidates will be assessed and by talking to them establish what they want to do in terms of a job. It is hoped by completing the work experience it will test the current engaged candidates level of motivation and hopefully get them prepared for any work environment.
During the two weeks candidates will learn about enterprise skills, creative thinking, health and safety, working as a team, problem solving, understanding customers, presenting information, motivational skills and how to present yourself for work, these employability skills are transferable and extremely valuable to add to a CV.
If you are an employer willing to support our initiative please call 0845 128 1456 for more information.
Andrew Kunman CEO | Founder