Virtual conference shines spotlight on vulnerable female offenders and their support needs

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A virtual conference examining the driving forces behind female offending and its impact on society has been hosted by Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach.

The Custody to Community event, which was jointly organised alongside HM Prison and Probation Service, brought together key partners from across Leicestershire to discuss strategies to prevent reoffending and support vulnerable female offenders to turn their backs on crime.

Online delegates were presented with an overview by the PCC and also heard from Baroness Jean Corston, who conducted a report on vulnerable women in the justice system in the UK in the aftermath of death of six women in Styal prison in 2006.

“Vulnerability is more than a consequence of crime. It also drives offending and stops the victim from escaping the cycle of crime,” Willy Bach told virtual guests.

“The vulnerability challenge is particularly stark when we look at the predicament facing female offenders.

“We know that almost 60% of female event offenders have experienced domestic abuse at some point in their lives.

“Female offenders are more likely to self-harm. Mental health issues are commonplace, and sadly, many female offenders endure chaotic lifestyles as a consequence.

“Prevention is a vital part of the solution. Early intervention is crucial, and this is best achieved through partnership working. That is what has brought us together at this conference this morning. Partnership working to prevent harm.”

The discussion was led by expert contributions from women’s centres, academic researchers, the Police and a series of compelling ‘lived experiences’ from ex-offenders, with special focus given to the role of trauma and adverse childhood experience in shaping offending behaviour.

The event discussed how organisations should shape future priorities across the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland areas and participants were invited to add their names to a formal pledge committing all parties to work in partnership to secure better and more sustainable outcomes for female offenders – supporting their journey from custody to community.



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Posted on Monday 9th November 2020
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