Prison Reform Trust report

Leading change: the role of local authorities in supporting women with multiple needs
There are women with multiple needs in contact with, or on the edges of, the criminal justice system in every local authority area. A number of local, regional and national authorities and multiagency partnerships have overlapping responsibilities for their health and wellbeing – whether as a statutory duty or because supporting vulnerable people is integral to their role. Although examples of good and promising practice exist, many women do not receive the support they need, which, in turn, can contribute towards them coming into contact with the criminal justice system. The daily lives of women with multiple needs are often bleak. They are frequently underserved by health and care services and, in the absence of timely support, the ongoing cost of addressing poor health and wellbeing outcomes, and of crisis intervention, are high.
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