As a result of growing demand, we’re pleased to announce that we have just re-printed copies of our report, Leading change: the role of local authorities in supporting women with multiple needs. Two years after the report was first published, its reprinting is timely and has a renewed relevance following the publication of the government’s Female Offender Strategy in June this year. The strategy rightly places emphasis on the importance of joining up agencies and work at a local level. Local Authorities are key in achieving this, providing strategic oversight, and enabling collaboration and coordination to deliver necessary support to women in contact with, or on the edges of the criminal justice system.

The joint report, published by the Prison Reform Trust, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Centre for Mental Health, and the Education Policy Institute includes a new foreword from James Bullion, ADASS Care and Justice National Network Lead and Director for Adult Operations, Norfolk County Council.

In his foreword, James explains that the need for local authorities to take a leadership role in support of women with multiple needs is greater than ever. The introduction of recent legal and policy changes, such as homelessness entitlement, universal credit, social services reform, the roll out of liaison and diversion services, recommissioning of appropriate adult services and major reorganisation of HM Prisons and Probation Service are all impacting our communities. This report suggests ways in which local leaders and councillors can make a positive difference to the daily lives of women and children, helping them to lead healthy, fulfilling and productive lives.

You can download a copy of the report by clicking here. If you would like a hard copy, please contact our Transforming Lives team at womensprogramme@prisonreformtrust.org.uk.