What Happens to Women Suspected of Offending and Services Available

Reference: 14001

Date Added: Monday, January 27, 2014

Category: Miscellaneous

Disclosure Details

Question

 

1. What happens currently to women suspected of offending in your locality?

2. What pathways do you follow?

3. What services are available?

4. What would you like to develop/improve?

5. What are the constraints which prevent you from doing so?

 

Answer

 

1. No information held. You may wish to contact Gwent Police for a response to this question.

2. Not applicable

3. The Policy Officer – Victims, has recently met with Gibran, an organisation that supports both male and female offenders with various aspects of their resettlement and moving on post-release. They also run the ‘Staying Home’ project, which attempts early diversion from custody. This was piloted with Gwent Police, and subsequently funded for three years following completion of the pilot. Further information is available on their website www.gibran-uk.co.uk/staying-home.

Through Gibran we have also been invited to attend the Women in the CJS Forum.

Our commissioning intent to cover ‘rehabilitation’ will include support to resettlement. Some of our monies allocated recently provide support services and will be able to in future rounds if organisations apply. Forged links with RSL’s, prisons and orgs such as Gwent Regional Collaborative Committee to look at joint working to provide support.

4. We would like to develop/improve the following:

Wider awareness of provision available, support joint working to support people across a number of organisations, agree a set of ‘common to all’ outcomes to focus activity, pool budgets to provide services, co-location of providers to assist process, planning and delivery, reduce duplication based on who’s best placed to provide effective support, improved partnership working against a set of common outcomes which best meets the needs of the service user.

5. The constraints/barriers faced are as follows:

Strategic direction at the political level, distribution of funding and tasks to a range of organisation, austerity impacts, confused landscape (though we are working to gain some clarity on this), foibles of partnership working around common outcomes. Again, our commissioning methodology should go some way to redress for local Gwent provision, duplication of provision which confuse some potential users as to what’s available.