In January 2023, the Ministry of Justice published their Female Offender Strategy Delivery Plan outlining their ambitions to improve outcomes for women in the criminal justice system. The strategy details how tackling reoffending and supporting women leaving prison are crucial in ensuring long-term success for female offenders. In order to support female offenders and drive improvements in support services, robust partnerships across police, the criminal justice system and the voluntary sector must be formed so that practitioners can support women in the criminal justice system more effectively. Through sharing and engaging with best practice across the public sector, practitioners can work to improve outcomes and provide support for female offenders.

  • Women were sent to prison on 5,164 occasions in the year to March 2023 – either on remand or to serve a sentence
  • Many female offenders have dependent children and an estimated 17,000 children are affected by maternal imprisonment every year
  • 53% of women in prison report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child
  • Only half of women left prison with settled accommodation in the year to March 2023

(Prison Reform Trust, 2023)

Join us at Women in the Criminal Justice System: Improving Outcomes through Resettlement and Rehabilitation to hear the latest policies and initiatives from experts across the public and voluntary sectors in improving outcomes for female offenders. You will hear best practice case studies covering a range of key topics, including early intervention, tackling reoffending and upskilling frontline practitioners. You will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from a range of sectors to share common challenges in working in partnership to support women in the criminal justice system.

Why Attend:
✓ Hear the latest national updates and funding for improving outcomes for female offenders
✓ Best practice strategies for providing effective wrap-around support to vulnerable women
✓ Hear exemplary case studies from a range of police forces and charities
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the public sector
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)

For more information please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Professor Elaine Player, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, King’s College London (invited)

  • Keynote: Government Update: Improving Outcomes for Women in the Criminal Justice System

    • Outlining current trends and statistics affecting women in the criminal justice system across the UK
    • Prioritising prevention: advice on addressing the attitudes and behaviour that underpins criminal behaviour amongst women
    • Detailing recent funding provisions for local practitioners to provide increased specialist support for low-level offenders
    • Insights into supporting the criminal justice workforce and providing gender-responsive training for frontline staff

    Senior Representative, Ministry of Justice (invited)

  • Keynote: The Multi-Agency Approach: Working with Local Stakeholders to Support Women in the Criminal Justice System

    • Developing communication strategies and effective pathways between local stakeholders to prevent minor offences from escalating
    • Forming robust partnerships across the voluntary and public sectors to intervene early and provide wraparound care
    • Ensuring the accessibility of crime-prevention services: expanding digital services and targeting underserved communities
    • Tips for safely sharing data and enabling knowledge-sharing to create long-term approaches to tackling female offending

    Pia Sinha, CEO, Prison Reform Trust (invited)

  • Question and Answers 

  • Comfort Break

  • Understanding and Addressing the Challenges that Women in the Criminal Justice System Face

    • Insights into providing person-centred policies and initiatives to support female offenders
    • Guidance on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of women during criminal justice proceedings
    • Identifying effective support measures for women leaving prison and sharing areas for improvement

    Tassie Ghilani, National Lived Experience Lead, HMPPS (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Deterring Women from the Criminal Justice System with an Early Intervention Approach

    • Advice for reducing the number of women committing crimes through high-quality local support services
    • Early intervention strategies for women charged with minor offences to limit the escalation of criminal behaviour
    • Tackling the root causes of female offending to prevent the perpetuation of criminal behaviour
    • Providing support for women with multiple disadvantages to prevent engagement in criminal activity
    • Care Not Custody: partnering with local police forces to improve outcomes for female offenders

    Lisa Dando, Director, Brighton Women’s Centre (invited)

  • Case Study: Training Staff to Sensitively Engage with Female Offenders: Preventing Harm and Providing Support

    • Offering early intervention to support women with alcohol and substance misuse issues to prevent risky behaviour
    • Understanding trauma-responses and providing short and long-term coping mechanisms to manage them effectively
    • Forming local partnerships to share resources and prevent the criminalisation of vulnerable women
    • Providing a person-centred approach when working with female offenders through implementing community-based outcomes

    Rt Hon Alun Michael, South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner (invited)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Delivering a Coordinated and Gendered Response to Offender Management

    • Supporting female offenders who have experienced violence: preventing re-traumatisation and promoting wellbeing
    • Offering one-to-one support to women on probation and creating bespoke pathways moving forward
    • Delivering in-reach prison support services for women with social inclusion needs to help manage potential risks prior to their release
    • Supporting female offenders back into the community: delivering accommodation and employment interventions

    Liz Mack, Chief Executive Officer, Advance (CONFIRMED)
    Dali Kaur, Head of Criminal Justice Services, Advance (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Providing Comprehensive Care to Pregnant Women in the Criminal Justice System

    • Highlighting all sentencing options for pregnant people to improve outcomes for women and their children
    • Providing accessible parenting skills programmes for female offenders to promote healthy family dynamics
    • Improving safeguarding and safety planning for pregnant women in the criminal justice system and creating pathways for their release
    • Supporting mothers to reconnect with their friends and family and establishing strong support systems

    Carys Afoko, Co-Founder, Level Up (invited)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Breakout Networking: Enhancing Partnership Working in Services to Support Female Offenders

    Engage in conversations with experts across the sector as you discuss the main challenges you face in supporting women in the criminal justice system. This will allow you to share your experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration to find solutions.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Supporting Vulnerable Women to Break the Cycle of Reoffending

    • Guidance for encouraging engagement with rehabilitation schemes to ensure continued progress
    • Community initiatives: engaging with women locally to facilitate practical, long-term solutions
    • Safety and stabilisation: providing safe spaces for women to establish future plans and seek support
    • Upskilling staff to sensitively engage with vulnerable women and create person-centred recovery plans
    • Supporting young offenders: creating effective pathways to support young women serving custodial sentences

    Donna Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner, Hampshire and Isle of Wight (invited)

  • Case Study: Supporting Women Exiting the Criminal Justice System: Creating Long-Term Recovery Plans

    • Adopting a trauma-informed approach to supporting female offenders and improving their quality of life after they leave prison
    • Training staff to support the mental health and wellbeing of women with complex needs and encouraging pathways to move forward
    • Supporting female offenders to build and maintain healthy support networks and manage relationships effectively
    • Delivering bespoke structured interventions through probation and rehabilitation services to ensure continuous engagement

    Anne Gallacher, Team Leader, Tomorrow’s Women Glasgow (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Summary and Close

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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