The issue of reoffending in the UK remains one of the most serious, and costly, challenges that the criminal justice system faces. Of adults sentenced to 12 months or less, 53.9% will reoffend within the year. It is clear that substantial work in the area of offender management must be done to reduce this number and create more accessible paths away from a life of crime for ex-offenders. Recent actions by the Government, such as the establishment of the Employability Innovation Fund and increased funding to divert women from crime, are a step in the right direction. Yet it remains vital that agencies within the criminal justice system come together to share best practice and solutions to improve the management of offenders and create opportunities for prisoners upon release.

  • Government statistics show that the economic and social cost of reoffending in England and Wales is approximately £18 billion per year
  • The Prisoner Learning Alliance found in 2020 that levels of literacy amongst prisoners are 4 times less than in the general population and around 47% have no prior qualifications
  • According to the Centre for Mental Health, around 45% of adult prisoners have a diagnosis of depression or anxiety

Join us at The Offender Management Conference 2024: Working in Partnership to Reduce Reoffending to hear the latest updates and guidance on improving offender management and probation services from high-level experts across the criminal justice, public and voluntary sectors. Engage with best practice case studies addressing key challenges such as improving ex-offenders’ access to work, supporting women in the criminal justice system, and tackling substance misuse among offenders. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from a range of sectors to share common challenges and discuss solutions.

Why attend:
High-level keynotes on the latest initiatives to improve offender management strategies and increase chances for ex-offenders
✓ A wide range of topics, including breaking the reoffending cycle, probation services, and mental health support for prisoners
Network with senior colleagues from across the sector to share common challenges and improve your offender management practices
CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)

This is a live event taking place online:
Access a full live event with 8 hours of CPD points from home
✓ Network and connect with colleagues in breakout networking sessions and the meeting hub
✓  Interact with speakers through live Q&A and networking
✓ Review event materials and presentations post-event

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Professor Mike Nellis, Emeritus Professor of Criminal and Community Justice in the Law School, University of Strathclyde (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Working in Partnership to Rehabilitate and Reduce Reoffending

    • Coordinating between local and partner agencies to effectively reduce the impact of crime and reoffending
    • Working collaboratively to improve the public’s confidence in the criminal justice system
    • Building relationships with voluntary and community sector services to strengthen their involvement in offender management
    • Overcoming common challenges to implement information and intelligence sharing between systems and organisations

    Matt Grey, Executive Director, Reducing Reoffending, Partnerships and Accommodation, HM Prison and Probation Service (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Utilising Probation Services to Improve Public and Community Safety

    • Helping offenders access services that reduce the risk of them committing crimes
    • Working with experts in the charity sector to provide specialist services
    • Signposting ex-offenders to support services such as employment, mental healthcare and housing advice to prevent reoffending
    • Collaborating with police to provide joint supervision of ex-offenders to help identify an offender’s needs and support their engagement with rehabilitative services
    • Creating links with prisons to ensure offenders are identified prior to their release and prepared for life outside of prison

    Marc Baker, Chief Operating Officer, HM Inspectorate of Probation (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Working in Partnership to Break the Cycle of Reoffending

    • Working with offenders to help them identify how they can change their behaviour and choose a path away from offending
    • Collaborating with local agencies to prevent and reduce reoffending and ensure safer communities
    • Using community payback projects to steer offenders away from crime and reduce reoffending rates
    • Co-designing and co-commissioning initiatives to reduce reoffending across a range of criminal justice partners

    Mark Shelford, Police and Crime Commissioner, Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Supporting Women in Prisons and on Release: the Importance of Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach 

    • Working collaboratively with women, in a trauma-informed way, through the provision of  ‘through-the-gate’ support
    • Why prioritising staff wellbeing and support is key to delivering effective trauma-informed support to women
    • How integrated, trauma-informed systems can reduce the risk of re-traumatisation and improve outcomes for women affected by the criminal justice system

    Hazel Renouf, Trauma-Informed Systems Manager, NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB and Trustee, Women in Prison (CONFIRMED)

    Jade Coulon, Bridges to Health Coordinator, Women in Prison (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch 

  • Keynote: Supporting Education in Prisons to Improve Prisoners’ Opportunities Upon Release

    • Developing a clear leadership structure for prisoner education to create a whole-prison learning and education culture
    • Working jointly with external agencies to deliver workshops and education to prisoners
    • Building stronger partnerships between prisons and the further education sector to equip prisoners with skills and qualifications
    • Improving coordination between teams in prison to ensure a prisoner’s attendance to education is maximised
    • Key advice to increase prisoners’ engagement with education services while serving their sentence

    Jon Collins, Chief Executive, Prisoners’ Education Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Breaking Down Barriers to Improve Ex-Offenders’ Access to Work  

    • Opportunities Within ‘From harm to hope: A 10-year drugs plan to cut crime and save lives’ to enhance partnership working and reduce reoffending from the perspective or addressing substance misuse
    • Understanding the issues related to identification of unmet needs
    • How addressing substance misuse need can support reductions in reoffending
    • Impact of changing patterns of offending behaviour and connections with substance misuse: current level of connectivity – performance relating to referrals and take up of community orders
    • Continuity of Care & prison / probation engagement: an opportunity to support and enable change
    • Shared goals – how working together more effectively will support individual change and reductions in reoffending

    Andrew Cass, Head of Community Criminal Justice & Probation Services, Change Grow Live (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Strategies to Engage Prisoners in Offender Behaviour Programmes

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in engaging prisoners in Offender Behaviour Programmes, allowing you to share your experiences and discuss solutions.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Developing Effective Mental Health Services to Support Prisoners and Prison Leavers

    • Identifying a prisoner’s mental health needs to understand and provide the personalised support they need
    • Working in partnership to effectively respond to complex and crisis mental health issues
    • Fostering relationships between the NHS and prisons to deliver effective and coordinated mental health services
    • Improving prisoners’ access to psychological therapies to provide treatment for those struggling with their mental health

    Mitasha Borhara, Prisons Service Lead, North London Mental Health Partnership (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Treating Addiction and Reducing Drug Supplies to Tackle Substance Misuse in Prisons

    • Working in partnership with external agencies to deliver recovery programmes that support prisoners struggling with drug or alcohol addictions
    • Providing substance misuse support services to prisoners upon release to reduce the likelihood of reoffending
    • Developing a community team to help prisoners reconnect with society, family, friends and other support pillars upon release
    • Creating a drug recovery strategy in conjunction with tackling drug supply to keep prisoners safe from exposure to substance misuse

    Mike Trace, CEO, Forward Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be professionals from across probation services, police forces, local authorities and voluntary groups.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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