Merseyside's Deputy Police Commissioner is attending a regular meeting of Merseyside Women's Alliance Group.
The group, which was set up by the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) aims to provide a joined-up approach in providing effective interventions and support for women experiencing complex and multiple needs, many of whom are caught up in the Criminal Justice System.
The Group looks to build on the recommendations made by Baroness Corston more than a decade ago, which called on probation services and other partner agencies to provide bespoke services for vulnerable women which include the creation of women’s centres.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Emily Spurrell said: "The PCC and I are fully committed to working with partners to address the complex issues around women’s offending and ultimately reduce the number of women in our prison system.
"If we really want to tackle women’s offending, we need a targeted and focused partnership approach and that's why the Merseyside Women’s Alliance is such an important group."
Other members of the Alliance include senior lead representatives from organisations across Merseyside which include police, National Probation Service, housing, health, DWP and voluntary sector.
The meeting is chaired by Merseyside CRC community director Rosie Goodwin who said: “The Merseyside Women’s Alliance brings together a number of organisations to support those who are often the most vulnerable in society.
“Much has been done to address the needs of female offenders on Merseyside since Baroness Corston led a review on women in the criminal justice system ten years ago. However, short-term prison sentences for women are incredibly disruptive to the lives of those women who may lose their jobs, homes and even their children because of, for example, non-payment of a TV licence. As such, more is being done to divert women from custody whilst ensuring that they serve the sentence of the court.”
Merseyside CRC delivers a range of women’s services to service users including the Women’s Turnaround Centre in Kirkdale and the award-winning Tomorrow’s Women Wirral which offers a wide range of support for women through their rehabilitation.
Merseyside CRC’s Women’s Turnaround programme is specifically designed to support women in Liverpool and Sefton. The Women’s Turnaround programme offers individual support, legal advice, advocacy, housing benefit and debt management, employment, education and training, reading groups, health and well-being support, drug and alcohol abuse and counselling.
Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) is an inclusive support network for thousands of women on Merseyside and beyond. Based in Birkenhead, TWW aims to empower women to make positive lifestyle changes. Through a monthly timetable of courses and activities, women can gain new stills and experiences enabling them to change their circumstances for the better.
TWW works with women from all backgrounds including survivors of previous and current domestic abuse; drug and alcohol misuse; mental health issues; learning difficulties; social care and more.