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National Service Framework for Women Offenders


Ministerial Champion for Women in the Criminal Justice System, Maria Eagle MP, today launched a framework setting out the national strategy for delivering services to female offenders.

The National Service Framework for Women Offenders (new window) lays out the Government’s strategy for addressing the specific needs of female offenders and represents a significant step forward in the commitments made in the Government’s response to Baroness Corston’s report last year.

The Framework is intended to deliver the Government’s high-level vision for how services should be delivered to female offenders and will be used by all commissioners and providers who have a responsibility for delivering these services.  It will be used as the basis for specifying the exact size, cost and nature of provision in order to deliver upon these priorities.

The Framework will be supported by the publication of an updated version of the National Probation Service ‘Good Practice Guide on Delivering Effective Services for Women Offenders in the Community.’  This guide (new window), along with the recently published Prison Service Gender Specific Standards (new window), provides more detailed operational guidance for prison and probation staff delivering services for women on the ground.