Prolific Offenders Scheme ‘has lost its way’ say Inspectors

A Government programme originally set up to tackle persistent offenders has “lost its way” and better leadership is needed to get it back on track, according to inspectors. Integrated Offender Management (IOM) was supposed to bring together police, probation services and other agencies to identify and manage repeat offenders in local communities. HM Inspectorate of […]

Unseen evil: Sex abuse in families going under the radar, say inspectorates

Children sexually abused by family members are going unseen and unheard in too many cases, while abusers evade justice, according to a new report. Inspectorates Ofsted, HMICFRS, Care Quality Commission and HMI Probation found that local agencies are often woefully ill-equipped to deal with child sex abuse in families. Efforts to prevent abuse are largely absent, while ineffective criminal […]

Inspectors criticise handling of abuse cases where victims withdraws support

Handling of domestic abuse cases where the victim withdraws their support for police or court action requires improvement, inspectors have found. A joint report by two watchdogs looked at 78 domestic abuse cases where police decided to take no further action because there was no support from the victim. In 15 of these, inspectors said […]