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Support, Encourage, Enable

Women at Risk

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We continue to build upon the recommendations of Baroness Corston’s 2007report into women in the criminal justice system and have developed a package of services which provide a gendered considered response to the issues of female offending behaviour.   Using this approach, we support a number of localised multi agency programmes where we are able to use our expertise in the provision of gender specific interventions to improve outcomes for women.

We view this as a key route to reducing instances of reoffending or to prevent the criminalisation of women with multiple and complex needs. Our programmes are receiving increasing regional and national recognition for their impact, with our work including pilot and innovative approaches which seek to increase the use of community sentencing options for women. 

We now offer a package of services which work with women at all points in the criminal justice system, as well as women at risk of offending, placing staff within police custody and prison settings to support engagement as well as further extending our community provision.

Through this work we are able to offer support to women experiencing a wide range of multiple disadvantages and which often place them on course to situations which can place them at significant risk of harm and vulnerability, including homelessness and sex working.

Current Projects:

Vision

Targeted support for women who are in the Criminal Justice System, working to reduce the risk of reoffending by addressing the issues underpinning individual female offending behaviour.

Avert

An early intervention and diversionary offer which provides female led triage support for women in police custody across Lancashire. This pilot programme has been recognised nationally for it's impact and has now been extended across the county.

Achieve North West

CFO3 is co-financed by Her Majesty Prison and Probation service (HMPPS) and the European Social Fund (ESF) to support social inclusion through improving the employability prospects of disadvantaged ex-offenders.

Working in partnership with Achieve North West Connect to support women with an ETE need in addition to at least 2 other complex pathway needs e.g. substance misuse, accommodation, mental and physical health. 

We offer support with accessing first step courses and further training as well as providing in house volunteering opportunities to gain experience and a reference.


Making Every Adult Matter (Blackburn with Darwen)

Working with some of the most vulnerable and complex individuals in the borough, our work within the MEAM project works to resettle local women who are currently either homeless or living in House of Multiple Occupancy through intensive one to one support.

Troubled Families (Blackburn with Darwen)

The provision of proactive keyworker support, working with those families with additional needs, for example supporting families whose children may not be attending school, supporting parents into employment or training and away from anti social behaviour or offending.   Key workers, ensure a single point of contact to liaise within a multi-agency context.

Breaking The Cycle (Blackburn with Darwen)

Launched in 2016, this exciting new project focusses on 'Breaking the Cycle' of domestic abuse. It represents the importance of development in a trauma-informed approach to tackle domestic abuse. It's meaningful, sustained recovery from abuse is the aim of the project, helping women and families achieve long-term freedom from coercive control. We will work with you to help build your confidence and self-esteem and empower you to make positive changes. 

For more information please contact Amber.

Succeed, Thrive, Empower, Pennine (S.T.E.P.) (Blackburn with Darwen & Pennine)

This new project which launched in July 2017 aims to reduce the pressure on Accident & Emergency departments by supporting the top 100 attendees with multiple and complex needs. Case Navigators will work closely with partner agencies to provide a collaborative approach with the individual at the heart of their own journey. 

An Evaluation of the 'Vision', 'Avert' & 'Achieve' Interventions

This evaluation assessed three focused programmes provided to women by Lancashire Women’s Centres under their Women at Risk work stream. The research was undertaken by a team based at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

The evaluation included both quantitative and qualitative methods. Five hundred and sixty-one case records were analysed relating to women accessing the programmes in 2014 and 2015. Qualitative interviews were conducted with women involved in the various strands in order to ascertain further information, such as possible reasons for particular impacts and the relationship between service provision, providers and impacts, along with early impacts on reoffending. 

Click here to view the Full Report