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A thematic analysis of the effectiveness of the Assisting Rehabilitation through Collaboration (ARC) programme in Lincolnshire

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2021

Purpose – The National Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Programme is a government-run programme aiming to improve the quality of life within communities by addressing the crime and reoffending threats faced by local communities (Home Office, 2015). In 2019, the government created a plan to reform probation services. They carried out a thematic inspection to examine the current national IOM programme. It identified what worked well and what was needed to further development. This project examined the local programme and compared results with national findings.

Methods – Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 professionals from either the ARC core team, ARC partner agencies, or police inspectors external to ARC. This data was then analysed using Thematic Analysis.

Results – Participants identified six key themes; the ARC Cohort; ARC staff; barriers; outcomes; partnerships; and the wider policing staff.

Conclusions – Many of the barriers faced by ARC are also faced by other IOM programmes. To improve the effectiveness of ARC, access to housing and mental health provisions should be improved.

Keywords: Prolific and Priority Offenders, Integrated Offender Management, ARC, rehabilitation, probation, Lincolnshire, police.

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