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Offenders : Females

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 29th August 2018

Imran Hussain Labour, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Female Offender Strategy, published by his Department on 28 June 2018, how his Department plans to fund the five women’s residential centre pilots announced in that strategy.

Imran Hussain Labour, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Female Offender Strategy, published by his Department on 28 June 2018, how much funding has been allocated for the five women’s residential centre pilots announced in that strategy.

Imran Hussain Labour, Bradford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women’s residential centres were in operation in each year since 2007.

Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Our vision for the ‘residential women’s centres’ pilot is the provision of an intensive residential support package in the community for women at risk of, or having served, short custodial sentences. The intention is to divert them from custody where appropriate and support them to address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour.

We are not aware of any past or existing provision that fully accords with this, but there are several similar small-scale models such as Willowdene Farm, Anawim and Threshold Housing First. Therefore, we are unable to provide any information about how many women’s residential centres were in operation in each year since 2007.

We want to ensure that any model taken forward as part of the pilot is sustainable, credible and appropriate for the local context of each site. That is why we will be working with local and national partners to develop the pilot and, as part of our process of engagement, we will be exploring different funding models.