Avon and Somerset Probation –Response to Corston Report Marilyn Harrison Area Performance Manager, Avon and Somerset Probation. National Framework and Guidance • National Service Framework (improving services to women offenders)2008 • The Offender Management Guide to working with women offenders 2008 The Key Recommendations for Probation Services • Bail information and accommodation services. • Advice to Magistrates and Judges - Reports • Sentence planning objectives • Community Interventions ( Gender Specific) • Women’s directory of services Avon and Somerset Probation Area November 2009 local data • 5261 offenders, 564 women on orders and licences. 10% of the area caseload. • 300 in Bristol. • 23% in Drug Management Team • 2% prolific • 10% community Payback • 3% High risk cases What We Do At Court • Interview all women on overnight arrest list who are appearing at court and where bail may be opposed. • Offer a female offender manager to do pre-sentence reports. • Use all court specialist services • Consider specific needs and propose requirements that reduces risk of further offending. • Quality assurance on all reports on BME and Women offenders. What we do in sentence planning • Complete full assessment of needs • Offer specialist female offender managers. • Ensure offender managers are aware of service provision in the local area both voluntary and statutory organisations for women on supervision. • Work in an integrated way with Eden House. Community Interventions • Ensure that appropriate support in place to aid compliance of the community orders. • Ensure equal opportunity for women to have all requirements available and tailored to meet specific needs. • Ensure use of both Voluntary sector and women’s centres. • Ensure women are not disadvantaged and can benefit from accommodation, employment, and other services. Directory of Women’s Services • Offender Managers direct women to the right interventions, access and support networks. • More work with voluntary sector to ensure continued support after completion of order. • Work with women’s day services and out-reach services. • Ensure continued development of the services needed based on information and direct feedback from women offenders. Outcomes • Development of key services based on Corston recommendations for women. • Magistrates having understanding and awareness of specific services for women and confidence in community sentences. • Probation Services working in a multi-agency way to meet women’s needs. • Less remands in custody and use of short term sentencing for women for non-violent crimes.