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Policy, Practice, Research & News

We are committed to sharing our experience and best practice as widely as possible in order to contribute to the shaping of local, regional and national policy which impacts upon the lives of women - and  in order to amplify the voices of those we strive to serve.  We also endeavour to implement and promote the use of national evidenced based best practice in our field of work.

A recent example of this work was a partnership conference held in October 2016 with University of Central Lancashire Criminal Justice Partnership  - "Community Based interventions for Women in the Criminal Justice System - Improving outcomes".

Pictured below are speakers from the event (l to r) Dr. Rachel Dyer, University of Central Lancashire,  Jenny Earle, Prison Reform Trust, Sarah Swindley, Lancashire Women's Centres

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Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board

The Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board is a forum for key leaders from the health and care system in Lancashire to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population and reduce health inequalities.

Lancashire Women's Centres CEO Sarah Swindley currently sits on this board as Third Sector Representative.  This role provides her with a valuable opporutnity to champion the significant contribution of the VCFS sector to the local health and social care sector.

Agenda - The Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk

Lancashire Women's Centre are proud to be a member of Agenda a newly formed body brought together by a group of trusts, foundations and voluntary sector organisations building on work started with Baroness Corston’s 2007 report into women in the criminal justice system and who have now broadened their scope away from women already in the criminal justice system to look at a wider group of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage. 

Reducing Refoffending Third Sector (RR3)

The Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3) exists with the purpose of building a strong and effective partnership between the voluntary sector, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to reduce re-offending. 

Lancashire Women's Centres CEO Sarah Swindley sits on this national board to champion effective approaches to tackle female offending.

Justice Star Development

The Outcome Star is a nationally recognised suite of tools for supporting and measuring change when working with people.  We have been working with the Outcomes Star team as part of a national development group working to create a new star 'Justice Star' for work with people in the criminal justice system. 

We've been piloting the tool in our service, and working to ensure that it reflects the distinct needs of female offenders.  The Justice Star is for people on short sentences, approaching release from long sentences or in the community and identifies change and progress made away from key pathways into offending behaviour.