Category: Criminal justice

Your inside guide to pregnancy, birth and motherhood in prison

This Birth Companions publication, which has been developed in partnership with women who have lived experience, offers an accessible and comprehensive guide to pregnancy and early motherhood in the prison system, including information on: 

6 Nov 2020

Trauma-informed work with people in contact with the criminal justice system

This article examines trauma-informed working within a criminal justice context. It forms part of a series from Clinks, created to develop a far-reaching and accessible evidence base covering the most common types of activity undertaken within the criminal justice system.

15 Sep 2020

Alone and Waiting

The experiences of pregnant women in prison during the Covid crisis
25 Aug 2020

From Now On...

Priorities for pregnant women and new mothers facing multiple disadvantage
23 Jul 2020

Human Rights and the Government’s response to COVID-19

Children whose mothers are in prison
3 Jul 2020

Birth Companions' submission to the Women and Equalities Committee

Read our submission to the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 and associated measures.
1 May 2020

The Birth Charter Toolkit

A practical guide to implementing the Birth Charter’s recommendations
12 Dec 2019

Enough is enough: Our priorities for the next government

Birth Companions' priorities for the next government
18 Nov 2019

The right to family life

Children whose mothers are in prison
9 Sep 2019

Whole prison, whole person

How a holistic approach can support good mental health in prison
23 Apr 2019

Maternity care reform in English prisons

A century of unanswered concerns
8 Mar 2019

Alternative approaches to prison for mothers of young children

This study explores a range of alternative approaches to imprisonment for mothers of young children being taken in Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and the US.

1 Jan 2019

Guidance on Working with Women in Custody and the Community

Guidance for practitioners who work with women in custody and the community
1 Dec 2018

Female Offender Strategy

This strategy sets out the Government’s commitment to a new programme of work for female offenders.
1 Jun 2018

Gender specific standards to improve health and well-being for women in prison in England

Document containing six key principles and 122 standards split into 10 sections addressing the health and well-being needs of women in prison. 

1 Mar 2018

Safeguarding children when sentencing mothers

Study exploring the lived experience of children whose mothers were in prison at the time of interview. 

30 Jan 2018

Short but not sweet

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

4 Jul 2017

Double Disadvantage

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

4 May 2017

Corsten: 10 Years On

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

5 Mar 2017

Motherhood disrupted

Reflections of post-prison mothers
2 Mar 2017

Home Truths

Housing for women in the criminal justice system
5 Sep 2016

Birth Charter for Women in Prison in England and Wales

The Birth Charter is a set of recommendations for the care of pregnant women and new mothers in prison.
26 May 2016

Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons

A report to the Home Office
1 Jan 2016

Enhancing Care for Childbearing women and their babies in Prison

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.

1 Nov 2015

Lost Spaces

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

5 May 2015

Women Offenders: Follow-Up

House of Commons Justice Committee report
17 Mar 2015

Mother & Baby Units

Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 49/2014
23 Dec 2014

An Unfair Sentence

All babies count: spotlight on the Criminal Justice System
5 Nov 2014

Brighter Futures

Working together to reduce women's offending
6 Jun 2014

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

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

5 Jun 2014

Who Cares

What Next for Women Offender Services
5 Jun 2014

Women Offenders

After the Corston Report
6 Jul 2013

Statistics on Women and the Criminal Justice System 2013

A Ministry of Justice publication

6 Jun 2013

Working with children with a parent in prison

Messages for practice from two Barnardo’s pilot services
1 May 2013

No way out for foreign national women behind bars

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.

30 Jan 2012

Looked After Children and Offending

Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience
6 Jan 2012

Engendering Justice - from Policy to Practice

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

An analysis of the needs of pregnant women and mothers during and after detention in IRCs

This report examines the needs of pregnant women and mothers during and after detention in immigration removal centres.

1 May 2008

Prison Mother and Baby Units

Do they meet the best interests of the child?
20 Jan 2008

Corston Report

A review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the Criminal Justice System
6 Mar 2007

Perinatal Healthcare in Prison

A Scoping Review of Policy and Provision
6 Jul 2006

Getting it Right

Services for Pregnant Women, New mothers and Babies in Prison
6 Jun 2006

Enhancing Care for Childbearing Women and Babies in Prison

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. 

5 Nov 2005

Mothers in Prison

1994 Research Findings
6 Jun 1997
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