An Evaluation of the Women�s Turnaround Project by 917mMF

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									An Evaluation of the
Women’s Turnaround
Project

   Dr Fiona Brookman
     University of Glamorgan




     Dr. Fiona Brookman, Reader in Criminology,
    Centre for Criminology, University of Glamorgan
The WTP

 Emerged out of the Corston Report
  (2007)

 Launched in Cardiff in November 2007


 Aims to provide women offenders, and those at risk
  of being an offender and/or victim of crime, with a
  multi-agency, community-based service that
  addresses individual risk and needs.


                   Dr. Fiona Brookman, Reader in Criminology,
                  Centre for Criminology, University of Glamorgan
Evaluation Aims & Methodology
 Process and Impact Evaluation

 Interviews with 10 women prisoners in HMP
    Eastwood Park
   Interviews with 15 clients of the WTP
   Interviews with 7 WTP staff members
   Interviews with 3 members of Executive Steering
    Group
   Interviews with staff at 6 referral agencies
   Observations of the WTP in day-to-day operation
   Shadowing of WTP staff in a variety of contexts
   Analysis of record-based data (hard copy and
    electronic files)
                    Dr. Fiona Brookman, Reader in Criminology,
                   Centre for Criminology, University of Glamorgan
Key Findings: Operational Activities

 Referrals
   284   between Nov 07 and March 09

 Caseloads
   58 women currently being provided with
    assistance in the community
   12 on waiting list
   55 pending in custody

                Dr. Fiona Brookman, Reader in Criminology,
               Centre for Criminology, University of Glamorgan
Key Findings: Outcomes
 Interview Data:
    Clients unanimously positive about their
     experiences with the WTP
 ‘Distance Travelled’ & significant positive
  change(39 women)
      Accommodation: 41%      DV: 42%
      Offending: 35%          Drugs: 33%
      Children: 47%           Emotional wb:26%
      Education/employment: 27%
 Case Studies
                  Dr. Fiona Brookman, Reader in Criminology,
                 Centre for Criminology, University of Glamorgan
Key Findings: Obstacles/Issues
 Periods of staffing shortage
 Growing workloads
 Clients expectations
 Disengagement
 External Agencies – managing their
  understanding & expectations
 HMP Eastwood Park referral arrangements



                Dr. Fiona Brookman, Reader in Criminology,
               Centre for Criminology, University of Glamorgan
Conclusions
 Lots of evidence of positive work and wide-
  ranging benefits for the clients.

 Need to better document and unravel the
  reasons for disengagement – is the project
  ‘failing’ the most difficult to help/chaotic
  women?

 Future of the project and expansion.

                 Dr. Fiona Brookman, Reader in Criminology,
                Centre for Criminology, University of Glamorgan

								
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