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Family Works Northern. Putting Women’s Reintegration on the agenda. Session Aim. “Women and men are different. Equal treatment of men and women does not result in equal outcomes … Custodial experience affects women differently and disproportionately from men” UK Home office (2007)

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Family Works Northern

Putting Women’s Reintegration on the agenda


Session aim
Session Aim

  • “Women and men are different. Equal treatment of men and women does not result in equal outcomes … Custodial experience affects women differently and disproportionately from men” UK Home office (2007)

  • How can we work collaboratively to be agents of change?


Family works northern
Family Works Northern

  • A Presbyterian Support Northern service

  • Over 125 years of experience supporting children/ tamariki and their families/whanau to flourish and empowering families facing complex challenges


Vision and mission
Vision and Mission

  • Our vision: A better life for everyone

  • Our mission: To make a difference for people and communities, particularly those most vulnerable


Women in cjs
Women in CJS

Trends, challenges, issues and reasons for offending are often comparable across the world, ethnicity, culture


Trends observed by fwn
Trends Observed by FWN

  • Disproportionate ethnic representation

  • Cultural disconnection

  • Intergenerational family offending

  • Intergenerational family violence

  • Separation for children, partners and family

  • Geographical isolation

  • Grief and Loss


Trends observed by fwn1
Trends Observed by FWN

  • Complex family background

  • Educationally disadvantaged

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Gang or peer pressure related to offending

  • Addictions


What women want
What women want

  • Greater co-ordination of services in prison

  • Better recognition by courts of the impact of imprisonment on families

  • Staying connected with family and community

  • Counselling and anger management related to their role as parent, partner and family member


What women want1
What women want

  • Immediate access to community support upon release

  • Better communication between agencies and providers

  • Achieving parole

  • More achievable & realistic community options that don’t set them up to fail


A way forward
A way forward

What solutions would bring effective change?





Thank you
Thank You

Together we will ensure

women’s reintegration remains

on the agenda


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