IOM activity in Gwent is split across two areas:

• Newport and Monmouthshire
• Caerphilly, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent

Strong links between organisations in the area ensures there is daily contact among those involved in managing cases selected on to the IOM scheme, and this partnership approach is further supported by the opportunity for co-located working between Gwent Police, NPS and Wales CRC across various locations in the region. 

Daily briefings help to ensure a quick and considered partnership response to local priorities, and these, supplemented by fortnightly multi-agency meetings, allow wider partners to contribute to decision making around the selection and management of those on the scheme. Other local partners who may be involved include the local authorities, health, the Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service, Gwent Social Registered Landlords, the Youth Offending Service, the prison service and Newport Women’s Aid among others.

A local steering group oversees this service delivery, which in turns reports to the Gwent IOM Cymru Regional Group. These multi-agency governance groups help to ensure effective and consistent IOM delivery across the area.

Women’s Pathfinder

The Women's Pathfinder Whole System Approach Pilot launched in Newport in October 2015. As part of this pilot the Women's Pathfinder Diversion Scheme has been delivered by Newport Women's Aid from Newport Custody Suite and has to date diverted over 250 women from the Criminal Justice System. By working in partnership with Newport Women's Aid there has been agreement for Probation staff (Wales CRC and NPS) to be co-located from their premises and they have delivered groups such as the Freedom Programme for women serving community sentences.