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


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.

Women Offenders: after the Corston Report

6 July 2013

Inquiry to review progress and examine current strategy and practice with respect to female offenders and those at risk of offending in the light of recommendations made in Baroness Corston's 2007 Report. 

Doulas and Healthcare providers: Working together for better maternal and infant outcomes

6 June 2013

Fact sheet focusing on the impact of continuous support on birth outcomes.

Statistics on Women and the Criminal Justice System 2013

6 June 2013

A Ministry of Justice publication

When Maternity Doesn't Matter

14 March 2013

Report investigating the health impact of dispersal and relocation on pregnant women seeking asylum and new mothers.

No way out for foreign national women behind bars

30 January 2012

This briefing paper produces findings and recommendations which could be used to inform a much-needed national strategy for the management of foreign national women in the justice system.

Looked After Children and Offending: Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience

6 January 2012

Extensive study into the criminal and care systems in the UK

Cortson Report: Women in the penal system - second report

6 June 2011

Cortson Report: Women in the penal system, second report

Engendering Justice - from Policy to Practice

30 May 2009
Final report of the Commission on Women and the Criminal Justice System

Prison Mother and Baby Units - do they meet the best interests of the child?

20 January 2008

This is a discussion paper looking at existing policy on pregnant women and very young babies who are in prison and addresses whether more could be done to improve the life chances of this vulnerable group of babies.

Corston Report: a review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the Criminal Justice System

6 March 2007

This review addresses the particular needs of vulnerable women in the criminal justice system. It recommends a move towards significantly reducing the female prison population.

Perinatal Healthcare in Prison: A Scoping Review of Policy and Provision

6 July 2006

This report reviews policy and provision for antenatal and postnatal care in prisons. 

Getting it Right: Services for Pregnant Women, New mothers and Babies in Prison

6 June 2006

This report addresses the needs of pregnant women, mothers, and babies in prison.

The Health of Women in Prison - study findings

1 January 2006

This report details the findings of one of the largest studies examining the health of women prisoners in the England and Wales. 

Enhancing Care for Childbearing Women and Babies in Prison

5 November 2005

Report examining Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) in women's prisons, and the services they provide to childbearing women in prison and their babies. It also looks at the broader issues faced by women prisoners. 

Mothers in Prison

6 June 1997

This is the results of a survey of nearly 2,000 female prisoners concentrating in particular on questioning those who are mothers.

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