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Repeat offender praises integrated approach for his rehabilitation

22 January 2016

A repeat offender said he is successfully getting his life back on track after receiving tailored support from our Integrated Offender Management (IOM) scheme.

31-year-old Arron, who started using heroin when he was only 14, was helped by the IOM team to address his addiction, unemployment, unsuitable accommodation and his poor thinking skills. 

As a result, Arron has been free of Class A drugs and hasn't offended for the last nine months since his prison release. Arron has also successfully secured temporary employment and a new home. 

Arron said: “The multi-agency support has given me the incentive to do right. It’s like having lots of people all rooting for you to do well.” 

“I use to avoid my problems, but the support I've received has given me more confidence to address them." 

His Probation Officer Sarah Cannon said: "With Arron, we have helped to address his underlying issues, and he is excelling on his licence. He is an excellent reminder that people can change when they have the right support.” 

Ben Ely, Arron’s Police IOM Officer, said: "Some people aren’t ready to change and need more joint monitoring, but when like Arron they are, all the agencies work together to offer them the support they require.”    

IOM is a multi-agency approach to managing the most prolific offenders – those who commit the most crimes and cause the most harm and damage. It involves agencies such as KSS CRC, police, local authorities and the NHS working together to tackle the root causes of offending. 

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