From Now On...

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

Birth Companions' submission to the Women and Equalities Committee

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

The Birth Charter Toolkit

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

Enough is enough: Our priorities for the next government

18 November 2019
Birth Companions' priorities for the next government

The right to family life

9 September 2019
Children whose mothers are in prison

Whole prison, whole person

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

Maternity care reform in English prisons

8 March 2019
A century of unanswered concerns

Alternative approaches to prison for mothers of young children

1 January 2019

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.

Guidance on Working with Women in Custody and the Community

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

Female Offender Strategy

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

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

1 March 2018

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

Safeguarding children when sentencing mothers

30 January 2018

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

Short but not sweet

4 July 2017

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

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

Mother & Baby Units

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

An Unfair Sentence.

5 November 2014
All babies count: spotlight in the Criminal Justice System.

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

Who Cares

5 June 2014
What Next for Women Offender Services

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. 

Statistics on Women and the Criminal Justice System 2013

6 June 2013

A Ministry of Justice publication

Working with children with a parent in prison

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

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

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

1 May 2008

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

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.

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
1994 Research Findings
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