Supporting vulnerable women in Merseyside

Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company has taken part in a round table event aimed at reducing the numbers of vulnerable women caught up in the criminal justice system.

M CRC, in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioners office, Prison Reform Trust and John Moore’s University, brought together people from across Merseyside to launch a regional approach to address the issue.

The Merseyside strategy will complement the publication of the recent Government female offender strategy which aims to tackle the number of women going into prison for short periods of time. It also calls for more focus on liaison and diversion from prison, and a better understanding of the relationship between past trauma and offending behaviour.

The round table was attended by key organisations including the police, probation, courts, voluntary agencies and local authorities. An action plan will be produced which will inform priorities for the Merseyside strategy going forward.

John Quick, M CRC’s head of operations, said: “All of those involved at the round table want greater collaboration across all agencies so that we can positively impact on the lives of women.

“My hope is this event and the subsequent action plan will build on the well-established women’s centers in Merseyside, provide improved services to women in the community and ensure we have the services available to respond effectively to the needs of women with vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system.”