Phoenix welcomes MOJ's women's centres pilots

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29 June 2018

Phoenix Welcomes Piloting of Women's Residential Centres

Our experience as a provider for thousands of women with complex needs in custodial and community settings, as well as a pioneering Therapeutic Community residential services provider, we welcome the proposed piloting of women’s centres within MOJ's new Female Offender Strategy 

Furthermore as provider of women-only residential service Grace House, which provides for women with mental health and substance misuse needs, we have first-hand experience of providing holistic support to women with a level and complexity of need that is extremely difficult to meet in a community setting. We have shown that meeting these needs in a therapeutic residential setting with links to the wider community provides both a preventative measure to avoid women becoming involved in the criminal justice system, and effectively reduces offending behaviour, by addressing the underlying causes of offending.

We support the strategy’s recommendations that in addition to effective treatment,  stable accommodation, employment  and training opportunities are essential to aid long term behaviour change.

Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).