Winner: West Yorkshire Probation and TWP Plus - Together Women Project Yorkshire and Humberside
TWP supports female offenders and women at risk of offending. Previously a successful government demonstration project, TWP is now an independent charity with centres in Leeds, Bradford, Doncaster, and an outreach centre in Keighley and New Hall prisons. TWP centres are gender specific ‘one-stop-shop’ which supports vulnerable hard to reach women to tackle multiple and complex issues which trigger offending. TWP Plus is a gender specific offender management model – using NOMS offender management model principles and is the first area to invest in a women’s centre to deliver offender management to women at a one-stop-shop centre.
The scheme aims to deliver intensive interventions to high risk offenders and those women with the highest levels of criminogenic needs. TWP key workers and offender managers work together to provide holistic end to end offender management. They work together with the woman to identify what community support needs, services from one stop centres and one to one support from both key workers and offender managers are required. Specialist offender managers are able to learn from best practice from TWP and TWP is able to learn from West Yorkshire Probation how to manage women offenders on a statutory basis.
TWP plus provides:
- fully integrated support to women on probation caseloads
- reduce re-offending
- divert women from custody
- develop strong partnerships with other providers
- provide access to services to address criminogenic needs
Runner-up: Adelaide House Women’s Approved Premises & Outreach Project – Liverpool Diocesan Council for Social Aid Adelaide House
Liverpool Diocesan Council for Social Aid Adelaide House has a long history of working with disadvantaged, socially excluded women who often have a range of complex needs including but not exclusively, historic/current substance misuse; victim of sexual and/or physical violence, mental/physical health issues; family and/or relation problems; offending behaviour; street working. A key element of the programme includes assisting women to build confidence and self esteem. A personal development programme is put in place to help individuals to develop interpersonal, analytical and organisational skills.
The Community Order which is supervised by an offender manger will contain a Condition of Residence to reside at Adelaide House Approved Premises for a period of between 6 months to 2 years. Prior to the court making the order Adelaide House request a 3-4 week Bail Assessment period to assess the women’s situation and put in place a support and risk assessment measures which will give the court confidence in making the order.
Adelaide House works in partnership with the Lucy Faithful Foundation in respect of working with women who have sexually offended against children. It also works with Merseyside Probation Trust to deliver The North West Achieve Women’s ETE Project – women undertake basic skills assessment and subsequent tutoring, working towards level 1 & 2 literacy and numeracy.
The Women category was sponsored by Corston Independent Funders' Coalition.