Today the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced it’s new Dynamic Framework for services supporting people in the criminal justice system. Changing Lives is pleased to have been awarded contracts to deliver specialist women’s services as part of this move, in partnership with some fantastic specialist women’s centres which are embedded in their local communities.
Changing Lives has been appointed by the MoJ to deliver services across Northumbria, Cleveland, South Yorkshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire, following a competitive tender process. The contracts will see the organisations support around 12,000 women who have contact with the criminal justice system.
Laura Seebohm, Executive Director at Changing Lives, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to work with women in the criminal justice system and welcome the Ministry of Justice’s probation reform programme. We see this as a genuine commitment to developing locally-led solutions to help women stop offending and build positive lives.
“Changing Lives was one of the first charities to be commissioned by the MoJ to work with women 15 years ago. Since then we have supported hundreds of women in the community, in custody and on release and we are looking forward to using our learning and experience to deliver a comprehensive, trauma-informed service. We will be working with a number of smaller specialist women’s centres across key regions, ensuring that women receive support in their local communities that can continue beyond their involvement with the system.
“Our experience has taught us that to help women stop offending and to rebuild their lives, we must address the underlying causes of crime. Our understanding of trauma and support to address challenges such as domestic abuse, homelessness or poor housing, helps women to develop tools to ensure that trauma in their past does not define the rest of their lives. We know that with the right support around them, women so often are able to break the cycle of crisis and crime.
“We are looking forward to working with our specialist women centre partners embedded in the communities, alongside colleagues in the National Probation Service, to support women to make positive changes – for good.”