The project at the heart of the North Somerset Reducing Reoffending work is the Integrated Offender Management Scheme, operating under the umbrella of IMPACT. This is an approach which has been developed on a cost neutral basis by resources already working with offenders within their distinct professionalisms being brought together, (wherever possible being co-located) to manage jointly the needs and interventions for offenders.
North Somerset IMPACT also contains a unique housing project, called the Early Intervention Project. This is a project designed to support offenders into, and within, stable accommodation whilst offering them life skills development opportunities.
The Early Intervention Project also takes an offending prevention approach by offering services to all individuals with substance misuse needs, not just those within the criminal justice system.
The opportunity to expand this preventative approach is currently being explored through the potential inclusion of individuals with high level mental health needs.