Government give women’s services on Merseyside thumbs up

The Government’s lead for women offenders in the community visited Merseyside CRC to learn more about the organisation’s approach to delivering services to female offenders.

Carina Carey, the head of women offenders in the community at Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), met with staff and service users at two women’s centres; Women’s Turnaround and Tomorrow Women’s Wirral.

Carina was invited by M CRC’s community director Rosie Goodwin, who is M CRC lead for women offenders and also sits on the CRCs’ Strategic Leads for Women’s Services, a national body hosted by the Ministry of Justice.

TWW is lead by a charity and probation staff are co-located at the building, whereas the Turnaround Project is lead by M CRC, but involves partners agencies such as PSS.

Carina said: “Thank you so much to Merseyside CRC, their partners and service users for hosting such a thought provoking and informative visit for our HMPPS Women’s Team.

“It was inspiring to see and hear the sheer commitment and drive to achieve positive life changing outcomes for women by working together.

“We would wish to commend you on your effective partnership working and have taken away examples of good practice of working with women who offend or who are at risk of offending.”

Carina also attended a meeting of the Merseyside Women’s Services Alliance, which is made of senior leads for women’s services across Merseyside.

Rosie said: “I am absolutely delighted that Carina took the time to visit us and learn more about the work we do to reduce re-offending among our female service users.

“I am proud of the services we deliver. TWW and the Turnaround Project are both very highly regarded, and I know Carina left with a very good impression of our work.

“Part of the tour included us having lunch with Donna, one of our service users. Donna told Carina how she arrives at TWW at 9am and participates in the activities there. She only leaves when it shuts – at 5pm. She then sits on a bench with other drinkers until the night shelter opens at 10.30pm. She has nowhere to live, but hasn’t re-offended and is being supported as much as possible to find appropriate accommodation. This is the reality of our work.”

Rosie will be attending the launch of the Government strategy for female offenders at Westminster in September. She will be representing Interserve and pushing forward the agenda of rehabilitative outcomes for females caught up in the Criminal Justice System.