A library of reports and publications related to our work

We want to help bridge the gap between evidence and practice. 

The needs and experiences of women facing multiple disadvantage during pregnancy and early motherhood have long been under-explored, but there is a growing and powerful bank of evidence on these issues. 

In this section we’ve compiled a range of resources that provide insight and highlight best practice. By using the categories in the menu on the left you can search for research and reports from ourselves and many other on a range of topics. 

By using the categories in the menu you can search for research and reports from ourselves and many other on a range of topics. 

Do contact us if there are other things you think should be included here. 

You can also find useful resources for pregnant women and new mothers experiencing disadvantage here:

Advice and information


Corsten: 10 Years On

5 March 2017

This report aims to give an overview of what progress has been made to date in the implementation of the Corston recommendations.

Motherhood disrupted

5 January 2017

Article  considering how maternal emotions and the maternal role are assembled and challenged through carceral space. 

Joining The Dots

5 October 2016

Report examining the circumstances of women who live in poverty, the nature and extent of violence and abuse experienced by them and the impact this has on mental health and quality of life.

Home Truths: Housing for women in the criminal justice system

5 September 2016

Report on housing issues faced by women involved in the criminal justice system. 

Taking forward women centred solutions

5 June 2016

Publication focusing on ways in which women-centred approaches can be adopted to benefit local authorities, partner agencies and residents.

Experiences and Birth Outcomes of Vulnerable Women

1 March 2016
Research into outcomes and experiences of support between vulnerable women who had and had not received support from Birth Companions.

Hidden Hurt: Violence, abuse and disadvantage in the lives of women

5 January 2016

Analysis of the experiences of women who face violence and abuse commissioned by Agenda, the Alliance for women and girls at risk. 

Enhancing Care for Childbearing women and their babies in Prison

1 November 2015

This report examines focuses on Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) in women's prisons, and the services they provide to childbearing women in prison and their babies.

Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage In England

5 June 2015

Robust research on severe and multiple disadvantage In England

Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood: a qualitative study of models and perceptions

5 June 2015

This study particularly focuses on peer support for women experiencing a range of vulnerabilities during pregnancy and the postnatal period, in projects which assigned trained volunteers to individual pregnant women

Solutions from the Frontline

5 June 2015

Recommendations for policymakers on supporting people with multiple needs. 

Lost Spaces

5 May 2015

Is the current procedure for women prisoners to gain a place in a prison Mother and Baby Unit fair and accessible?

Women Offenders: Follow-Up

17 March 2015

House of Commons Justice Committee report following up recommendations made in the Corsten Report in 2013, taking into account the Government;s response to this report and developments that have taken place since then.

An Unfair Sentence. All babies count: spotlight in the Criminal Justice System.

5 November 2014

This report focuses on babies affected by the criminal justice system.

Women and Girls at Risk - Evidence across the course of life

6 August 2014

Comprehensive literature review commissioned by the Corston Independent Funders' Coalition, looking at the the individual and structural factors in childhood and adulthood that lead women and girls into difficult lives. 

Brighter Futures: Working together to reduce women's offending

6 June 2014

Briefing that profiles innovative approaches to reducing women's offending and calls for the development of coordinated services that bring together police, health, women's services local authorities to help women turn their lives around.

Expectations: Criteria for assessing the treatment of and conditions for women in prison

5 June 2014

First version of HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ the standards which specifically address the outcomes expected for women in prison, 2014

Experiences, utilisation and outcomes of maternity care in England among women

5 June 2014

Study exploring experiences of maternity care among women from different socio-economic groups in order to improve understanding of why socially disadvantaged women have poorer maternal health outcomes in the UK. 

Who Cares: What Next for Women Offender Services

5 June 2014

Report providing a picture that spans a year in the life of women offender projects to highlight the voice of service providers in this area who are experts in supporting women throughout the Criminal Justice System; in prison and in communities.

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