Category: Policy

"We Need Support"

How women facing multiple unmet needs experience systems of child removal in the Greater Manchester area
10 Jul 2024

Reproductive Justice and the Climate Emergency in the UK: Free Lunchtime Webinar

Recording of Free Lunchtime Webinar hosted by Birth Companions and Wen (Women's Environmental Network)
17 Apr 2024

Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile

February 2024
26 Feb 2024

Birth Companions submission to the Sentencing Council consultation 2024

Imposition of community and custodial sentences guideline
21 Feb 2024

Reproductive justice and the climate emergency in the UK

A Feminist Green New Deal report from Birth Companions and Wen
1 Feb 2024

‘Together a Chance’ Final Report

Evaluation of the Social Worker for Mothers in Prison pilot project 2021-2023
31 Jan 2024

Birth Companions submission to the Sentencing Council consultation 2023

Miscellaneous amendments to sentencing guidelines
29 Nov 2023

Spotlight: Dual contact

Understanding the needs and experiences of women in contact with the CJS and children’s social care during pregnancy and early motherhood
29 Nov 2023

Indefinite detention: the implications of the Illegal Migration Bill for pregnant women

Birth Companions & Women for Refugee Women in the BMJ
18 May 2023

Birth Companions’ manifesto for the next government

Protect the health, safety and human rights of women and babies by ending the imprisonment of pregnant women and mothers of infants.
27 Apr 2023

Black maternal health

Women and Equalities Committee report
18 Apr 2023

Equality and diversity in the work of the Sentencing Council

A report and response from the Sentencing Council
10 Jan 2023

Why focus on reducing women’s imprisonment?

England and Wales briefing
15 Aug 2022

Removal at birth and its challenges for midwifery care

Policy case study in the European Journal of Midwifery
15 Apr 2022

Draft best practice guidelines for when the state intervenes at birth

Part of the 'Born into Care' series
24 Feb 2022

Maternity care for women in prison in England and Wales

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' position statement
22 Sep 2021

Pregnancy, MBUs and maternal separation in women’s prisons Policy Framework

Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service policy framework
20 Sep 2021

This is what change looks like

25 years of Birth Companions' influence in the criminal justice system
20 Sep 2021

Breach of Trust

A review of implementation of the NHS charging programme in maternity services in England
16 Sep 2021

Working together to improve care for women facing disadvantage and inequality

North Central London Local Maternity System and Birth Companions
6 Sep 2021

Birth Companions’ response to the Case for Change

Responding to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
21 Jul 2021

The Case for Change

The Independent Review of Children's Social Care
17 Jun 2021

Women’s Health Strategy

Birth Companions' written submission to the DHSC
9 Jun 2021

Newborn babies in urgent care proceedings in England and Wales

Part of the 'Born into Care' series
4 Jun 2021

A Window of Opportunity

Understanding the needs and experiences of pregnant women and new mothers in contact with the criminal justice system in the community in England.
24 May 2021

Child protection conference practice during COVID-19

Reflections and experiences (rapid consultation September–October 2020)
14 Dec 2020

“It's a life you're playing with”

A qualitative study on experiences of NHS maternity services among undocumented migrant women in England
14 Dec 2020

Supporting midwives to address the needs of women experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage

Position statement from the Royal College of Midwives
23 Nov 2020

Remote hearings in the family justice system: reflections and experiences

Follow-up consultation (September 2020)
5 Oct 2020

Contact between children in care or adopted and their families

Six key messages from research
5 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

The Birth Charter for Women in Prisons in Australia

We are delighted that our Birth Charter for women in prison in England and Wales has led to the creation of an equivalent in Australia.
5 May 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

Adverse Childhood Experiences

What we know, what we don’t know, and what should happen next
1 Feb 2020

The Birth Charter Toolkit

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

Better for women

Improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women
5 Dec 2019

A sense of safety

Trauma-informed approaches for women
4 Dec 2019

Enough is enough: Our priorities for the next government

Birth Companions' priorities for the next government
18 Nov 2019

Perinatal Women in the Criminal Justice System

The Royal College of Midwives’ position statement & priorities for the next government
13 Nov 2019

The right to family life

Children whose mothers are in prison
9 Sep 2019

Holding it all together

Understanding how far the human rights of women facing disadvantage are respected during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.
18 Jun 2019

Jumping Through Hoops

How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women?
23 May 2019

Maternity care reform in English prisons

A century of unanswered concerns
8 Mar 2019

Breaking Down the Barriers

Findings of the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and Multiple Disadvantage
27 Feb 2019

Making Better Births a reality for women with multiple disadvantages

A joint research report by Birth Companions and Revolving Doors Agency.
18 Jan 2019

The Women’s Mental Health Taskforce

Final report
19 Dec 2018

Newborns in care proceedings in England

Part of the 'Born into Care' series
15 Oct 2018

Birth Charter for Women in Prison

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

Hard Edges

Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage In England
5 Jun 2015

Solutions from the Frontline

Recommendations for policymakers on supporting people with multiple needs
1 Jun 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

Women and Girls at Risk

Evidence across the course of life
6 Aug 2014

Brighter Futures

Working together to reduce women's offending
6 Jun 2014

Experiences, utilisation and outcomes of maternity care in England

Findings from the 2010 National Maternity Survey
5 Jun 2014

Women Offenders

After the Corston Report
6 Jul 2013

Looked After Children and Offending

Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience
6 Jan 2012

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
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