We hold a contract with BeNCH CRC to provide resettlement support to women and to work with women living in Luton and Central Bedfordshire who are serving community sentences or licences. We work closely with the BeNCH team, the National Probation Service and individual women to agree a package of support that meets their needs and will help them to address the issues which influence their offending. We know that an individualised approach works best.
All of the women locally have their appointments with their Responsible Officers at Stepping Stones in the friendly welcoming women only environment.
Outcomes for women in custody can be worse than for men. For example, the prevalence of self harm is nearly 5 times higher for women in custody than men. This is why we are involved in the Community Sentence Treatment Requirement (CSTR) Pilot.
This initiative seeks to reduce reoffending by supporting women’s access to mental health and substance misuse treatment in the community through enhanced use of treatment requirements in community or suspended sentence orders.
This is a multi-agency approach working with NHS England, National Probation Service, CRC, Her Majesty’s Court Services, East London Foundation Trust and Bedford Women’s Centre.
Other useful information and documents:
In June 2018 the MOJ launched its Female Offender Strategy.
The Prison Reform Trust published its report on women offending and the link with domestic abuse.
The Ministry of Justice published its statistics on women and the criminal justice system. Click here for the report.