St Giles Trust welcomes report calling for women offenders to be offered support not prison
Today's report (24 July 2017) from the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee calls for vulnerable women offenders to be given support to address underlying issues driving their offending.For many years, St Giles Trust has worked with women in the criminal justice system, offering them the support and services they need to stabilise and progress their lives. There is a clear need for services in this area demonstrated by the high level of demand for St Giles Trust’s Footsteps project which supports vulnerable prison leavers returning to London.
Nicky Park, Head of Prisons and Women’s Lead at St Giles Trust, said:
Of equal importance is the need for effective ‘through the gates’ services offering support to women pre and post release. Support such as that offered through the Footsteps Project has proved highly effective in reaching women at a critical point when they are highly receptive to offers of help.
the most disengaged women.”