About IMPACT

What is IMPACT?

IMPACT is the Avon and Somerset branded name for Integrated Offender Management (IOM). Established in 2008 as a pilot in Bristol, it combines the resource, knowledge and expertise of Police, Probation, Prison and Recovery Workers in a multi-agency approach to working effectively and dynamically with the most prolific offenders involved in committing serious acquisitive crime.

Within the IOM also sits the IRiS (Integrated Response, Integrated Services) team who work with the most serious and high risk individuals. The team seeks to encourage and support individuals to make positive steps to make positive change to help protect the public from harm.

IRiS focuses on:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Domestic extremism
  • Sexual offending
  • Criminal groups
  • Serious Organised Crime

How IMPACT works:

Offenders do not choose to be part of IMPACT but are selected based on as much relevant information about the individual as can be gathered including, offending, lifestyle, and substance misuse.

The multi-agency team and its partners work together to support the individual's journey to positively change their life through access to support services in accordance with their individual needs and reoffending risks.

By working as a co-located team, IMPACT staff are able to work closely together and share information in a timely and effectively way to ensure swift response to offending and enforcement for those who choose not to comply. 

9 Supportive Pathways 

IMPACT works with statutory, voluntary, and community organisations to ensure a holistic approach to supporting individuals. This includes utilising volunteers and mentors to assist offenders with their rehabilitation in the community.

Pathway support ensures that the most appropriate intervention and service is available to address the causes of the individual's offending and in turn support them towards getting out of a life of crime and becoming a productive member of society. 

The nine pathways are:

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Accommodation
  • Children and families
  • Finance, benefit and debt
  • Mental and physical health
  • Attitudes, thinking and behaviour
  • Education, training and employment
  • Women - Domestic abuse and sex work
     

Why work in partnership with IMPACT?

Working in partnership with IMPACT not only helps assist in the overall aim of reducing serious acquisitive crime and reoffending rates across Avon and Somerset; it also helps support offenders to break the cycle of crime.  In turn this reduces the risk of harm offenders pose to themselves, their families and the communities in which they live. Being linked to IMPACT can also help your individual organisation in the following ways:

  • Increasing awareness of the services you offer.
  • Increased opportunities for successful funding bids.
  • Increased opportunity to access new funding streams and ways of working.
  • Have the support and advice of specialist criminal justice workers.
  • Increased information sharing where appropriate.