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National Offender Management Service

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the contribution of the National Offender Management Service to public safety since its inception. (196144)

Since its inception, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has developed and disseminated a range of operational guidance, practice and advice to assist frontline staff in managing offenders under statutory supervision in the community, including offenders managed under the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). The guidance to the MAPPA responsible authorities—the police, prison and probation services—assists them in the effective supervision of offenders convicted of the most serious sexual and violent offenders.

In addition, the roll-out of the offender management model has brought the benefits of end to end offender management to bear on the supervision of the most high risk offenders. And the introduction of ViSOR into prisons and probation has provided offender managers with significant new sources of information on which to assess and manage sexual and violent offenders.