Earlier this week the Local Criminal justice Partnership arranged an event in Newton Aycliffe to address the importance of improving outcomes for those females who offend.
Across Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice partners are committed to driving forward a Whole System Approach to address the issues for those females who offend. Following the publication of the national female offender strategy in July 2018 (Female Offender Strategy - GOV.UK) the partnership wants to ensure they have a local response to divert women away from the criminal justice system, keep them safe in custody and maximise the use of community-based interventions to promote rehabilitation and aid recovery.
Jeanne Trotter, Criminal Justice Programme Lead for County Durham and Darlington said: “We recognise that females who offend are frequently among the most vulnerable individuals in society, often suffering from abuse, substance misuse and mental health problems. Both national and local evidence shows us that vulnerability is not just a consequence of crime, it can also drive offending behaviour and prevent people from breaking out of a cycle of reoffending. Working with women in a way that recognises trauma, builds and sustains their motivation and can produce more effective outcomes including reductions in reoffending.”
The event was attended by over a 100 people including strategic leaders, practitioners and those with lived experience; providing the opportunity to learn from each other, raise awareness of the fabulous work already going on in the area and encourage multi agency working. Participants each made a pledge, identifying how they would take the learning forward in their own organisation and a further event is planned for 2020 in order to bring people back together.
Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2019