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


Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Recurrent Care Proceedings Final Summary Report

3 October 2017

This is a summary report presents, providing new evidence with the aim of helping agencies to understand the reasons why women return to court, and what more can be done to break this negative cycle. 

Mapping the Maze: Services for women experiencing multiple disadvantage in England and Wales

1 September 2017

Report mapping specialist support services available for women affected by substance use, mental ill-health, homelessness and offending and identifying gaps in provision. Agenda. 

Short but not sweet

4 July 2017

A study of the impact of short custodial sentences on mothers & their children

I didn't think we'd be dealing with stuff like this

5 June 2017

A qualitative study of volunteer support for very disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers. 

Mothers’ accounts of the impact on emotional well-being of organised peer support

5 June 2017

A qualitative study looking at the impact on emotional well-being of organised peer support in pregnancy and early parenthood.

Women’s experiences of breastfeeding in prison

1 June 2017
A qualitative study examining the experiences of 28 pregnant women and new mothers in prison in England

Birth Charter for Women in Prison in England and Wales

26 May 2017
The Birth Charter is a set of recommendations for the care of pregnant women and new mothers in prison.

Building capacity and wellbeing in vulnerable/marginalised mothers: A qualitative study

25 May 2017

Study to explore vulnerable/marginalised women’s views and experiences of receiving targeted support
from a specialist midwifery service and/or a charity.

Caring to make a difference with vulnerable women

4 May 2017

Study looking the impact of targeted support on birth-related outcomes and experiences.

Double Disadvantage

4 May 2017

Report released by Agenda and Women in Prison on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in the criminal justice system. 

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

2 March 2017
Reflections of post-prison mothers

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. 

Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons

1 January 2016
A report to the Home Office

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.

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