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Women: Offenders

Volume 699: debated on Monday 18 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the locations of existing non-residential centres for the support and supervision of women offenders and those at risk of offending; whether any residential centres exist; and, if so, where those centres are located; and [HL1639]

Whether centres for the support and supervision of women offenders are cost-effective; who funds such centres; and whether they will conduct a trial with some centres in major urban areas. [HL1640]

The Government's response to the Corston report published on 6 December 2007 gives a commitment to set up a project to review current generic women's centre provision and identify how to build on existing services.

The Government made available £9.15 million over a four-year period (2005-09) to fund new initiatives to tackle women's offending in the community. The Together Women Programme (TWP) is being delivered via demonstration projects within two regional offender manager regions—Yorkshire and Humberside and the north-west. There are TWP centres in Liverpool and Salford in the north-west and in Doncaster, Leeds and Bradford, with outreach work in Keighley in Yorkshire and Humberside. A cost-benefit analysis is planned as part of the evaluation strategy.