Residential women’s centres – presentation of the draft specification
3rd December, 1pm-3pm | online | free
The Ministry of Justice would like to speak to voluntary organisations that work with women in the criminal justice system to seek their views on the draft specification for the residential women’s centre (RWC) pilots across England and Wales.
At this event, the Ministry of Justice will present the draft specification and provide the opportunity for voluntary organisations to ask questions and give feedback.
The Female Offender Strategy included a commitment to develop a pilot for RWCs in at least five sites across England and Wales. The Ministry of Justice has begun to search for a site in South Wales.
The RWC service will consist of three parts:
- A Residential Unit allowing approximately 12 vulnerable women with complex needs who would otherwise be sentenced to short custodial sentences to serve the first part of a community order in safe, supported accommodation for up to 12 weeks. It is anticipated that, at any one time, up to two women will be able to bring their dependent children with them to live in a two bedroom flat at the RWC.
- A Support Hub offering a range of interventions for residents, ex-residents and women in the local community, to meet the needs which underlie the causes of their offending.
- Move-on support to support women to transition into settled accommodation within the community and continue to attend interventions at the support hub for the duration of their sentence (and beyond if they wish).
This event is for voluntary organisations that have experience of delivering gender-responsive services to women and expertise in trauma-informed practice.