Adverse Childhood Experiences

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

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care

13 December 2019
The MBRRACE-UK 2019 report

The Birth Charter Toolkit

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

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

11 December 2019
Born into Care reviews December 2019

Five Principles of Perinatal Peer Support

3 December 2019
What does good look like?

A Vicious Circle

1 November 2019
The relationship between NHS Charges for Maternity Care, Destitution, and Violence Against Destitution, and Violence Against Women and Girls

The right to family life: children whose mothers are in prison

9 September 2019

Report by the Parliamentary Joint Committee in Human Rights. 

Holding it all together

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

Jumping Through Hoops

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

Whole prison, whole person

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

Breaking Down the Barriers

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

Making Better Births a reality for women with multiple disadvantages

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

“Being the best person that they can be and the best mum”

10 January 2019
A qualitative study of community volunteer doula support for disadvantaged mothers before and after birth in England

Hand in Hand

31 December 2018
Survivors of Multiple Disadvantage Discuss Service & Support

The Women’s Mental Health Taskforce

19 December 2018
Final report

Promising practice from the frontline

1 December 2018
Exploring gendered approaches to supporting women experiencing homelessness and multiple disadvantage

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care

1 November 2018
The MBRRACE-UK 2018 Lay Summary

Prevention in Mind. All Babies Count, Spotlight on Perinatal Mental Health

4 June 2018

This report focuses on babies affected by Perinatal Mental Health 

What works to enhance the effectiveness of the healthy child programme

4 June 2018

The Healthy Child Programme 0–5 was first introduced in 2009. This report refreshes the 2009 evidence by consolidating key messages from two recently completed evidence reviews. 

Maternity experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages in England: A qualitative study

29 May 2018

A study exploring the maternity care experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages based on semi-structured interviews with 40 mothers with multiple disadvantages, using thematic analysis. Jenny McLeish & Maggie Redshaw. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood

12 October 2015
A qualitative study of models and perceptions

Literature review: Supporting vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers in the community

1 October 2015

This review of the literature, commissioned by Birth Companions  was carried out in 2014 to provide a comprehensive overview of the existing academic, policy or other expert publications on ‘what works’ when supporting vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers living in the community.

Evaluation of Birth Companions’ Community Link Service

1 July 2015

Birth Companions commissioned the McPin Foundation, a mental health research charity, to evaluate their Community Link service. 

Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage In England

5 June 2015

Robust research on severe and multiple disadvantage In England

Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood: a qualitative study of models and perceptions

5 June 2015

This study particularly focuses on peer support for women experiencing a range of vulnerabilities during pregnancy and the postnatal period, in projects which assigned trained volunteers to individual pregnant women

Solutions from the Frontline

5 June 2015

Recommendations for policymakers on supporting people with multiple needs. 

Solutions from the Frontline

1 June 2015
Recommendations for policymakers on supporting people with multiple needs

An Unfair Sentence.

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

Women and Girls at Risk - Evidence across the course of life

6 August 2014

Comprehensive literature review commissioned by the Corston Independent Funders' Coalition, looking at the the individual and structural factors in childhood and adulthood that lead women and girls into difficult lives. 

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.

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.

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

Engendering Justice - from Policy to Practice

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

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.

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