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An Evaluation of the Women’s Turnaround Project. Dr Fiona Brookman University of Glamorgan. The WTP. Emerged out of the Corston Report (2007) Launched in Cardiff in November 2007

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an evaluation of the women s turnaround project

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
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
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
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
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
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
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