A Female Perspective - Integrated Offender Management
Integrated Offender Management - Women Matter!
Are things different for women?
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 from 09:30 to 15:00, Tally Ho Conference and Banqueting Suite, Pershore Road,
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5
Registration for this event is closed
Joy Doal MBE, Project Director at Anawim says, "It is imperative
that we have an integrated service for women offenders, a joined up
approach to women's multiple and complex needs. Prison doesn't
work, especially for women. It is important between us we have
multi agency community alternatives to support women in changing
Integrated Offender Management (IOM) is an overarching framework
that allows local and partner agencies to come together to ensure
that the offenders whose crimes cause most damage and harm locally
are managed in a co-ordinated way. IOM Strategic objectives
for female offenders outline how females should receive more
targeted support to break the cycle of crime and abuse.
Local integrated offender management approaches differ from area
to area, reflecting local priorities, but there are common key
principles which include:
- all partners tackling offenders together - a multi-agency
problem solving approach focussing on offenders, not offences
- delivers a local response to local problems
- offenders facing their responsibility or facing the
consequences - they are provided with a clear understandign of what
is expected of them
- making better use of existing programmes and governance - this
involves gaining further benefits from programmes (such as the
prolific and other priority offenders programme, drug interventions
programme and community justice) to increase the benefits for
communities, and will also enable partners to provide greater
clarity around roles and responsibilities
Aims of the day:
To raise awareness amongst those coming into daily contact with
women with complex needs, especially relating to offending
behaviour, of the following:
- What is out there? Pathways, interventions and referral
- Think offender not offence! Triggers to offending for
- Current work schemes already in place
- Current research of females linked to offending behaviour
- Case studies - what works!
This is an event that is jointly hosted by the Deputy Police and
Crime Commissioner, Yvonne Mosquito and West Midlands Police
Integrated Offender Management department. It is aimed at
- General Policing
- Offender Management
- Voluntary and Community organisations
- Social Care
- Victim Support agencies
Listen to real life, inspirational stories from women who have
gone through the criminal justice system and get involved with
Geese Theatre Productions who work specifically with both
professionals and individuals who are in the criminal justice
system. They use a unique blend of performance and workshop style
exercises to teach new skills and explore difficult issues,
including presenting the production 'Behind the
Registration and refreshments will be available at 9.30am, with
the main programme starting at 10.00am. The Twitter hashtag
for the day is #femalesIOM.
A final programme for the day will be issued closer to the event
with the names of confirmed speakers but an outline of the topics
to be covered is included here:
- What complex needs do women have?
- An opportunity to meet with representatives from Women's
Centres in the
- West Midlands and find out about referral pathways.
Organisations confirmed to attend include: Anawim, Fry Housing
Trust, and Sandwell Women's Aid
- What are the triggers to offending?
- Why do women offend?
- Women and mental health
- Women behind bars - does custody work?
If you are an organisation supporting women with complex needs,
please feel free to bring some promotional literature to the event
and take the opportunity to network and promote the work that you
are doing. There will be tables available for you to utilise
as promotional stalls.