Create your own Brochure

[Skip to content]

Community Justice Portal
Search our Site
Tuesday 24 April 2018
Browse our site

No Offence! "Female Offenders - less talk, more action!" Conference


19th November 2013

Priory Street Centre, York

Conference Brief 

In 2007 Baroness Corston identified 43 recommendations for improving the approaches, services and interventions for women in the criminal justice system and women at risk of offending.

Six years on are we any closer to making those recommendations a reality?

People with personality disorder (PD), complex needs and challenging behaviours typically traverse health and justice, often falling between gaps in provision, women frequently more so than men. Although expertise in terms of working with PD is quite extensive across the country, linkages between services can be weak. The switching of funding across the pathway between various agencies/departments further complicates effective and joined up service delivery.

Unfortunately the link from prison through the gateway to community or affiliate healthcare provision is typically weak – much damage can be done here. Alternatives to prison for women are often spoken of and rarely delivered, with diversion, help and alternatives at the point of arrest/ sentence frequently not in place either.

The Transforming Rehabilitation agenda and the development of the NHS England tier 4 PD specification and the rollout of Liaison and Diversion Services create further opportunity to address these challenges head on by enabling affiliate/integrated service provision, meeting need effectively and appropriately and delivering against the recommendations in the Corston Report.

The day will explore the complex nature of female offenders with a particular focus on those with multi-faceted presentations who swing between justice, health and social care. Speakers and workshop leads will discuss the links with:

  • The recommendations in the Corston Report
  • Transforming Rehabilitation
  • Tier 4 service delivery
  • Liaison and Diversion
  • Women specific community models – e.g. women’s centre

The conference will: 

  • Share the knowledge and competencies of the organisations involved, to build awareness and to enhance networks in health and justice
  • Identify current potential for improvement and development
  • Deliver useful and useable content
  • Create a platform for future events
  • Drive actions from our talking! 





Sarah Skett, Laura d'Cruz, Gill Heap, Tracey Clarke
NHS England (SS); National Offender Management Service (LdC); HM Prison Service (GH);
Staffordshire & West Midlands Probation (TC)
Management Pathways for Personality Disordered Female Offenders

Clare Jones
Joint Chief Executive, WomenCentre
Women centered - holistic and community based approaches

Jackie Russell
Director, Women's Breakout
The devil is in the detail and in the big picture too


Victoria Gavin & Karen Hastings
Therapeutic Community Manager & Registered and Chartered Forensic Psychologist
More talk - less acting out



Discounts offered for students, be quick as these numbers are limited

Email No Offence! for details

Bookings are now being taken, see registration form for Terms and Conditions.

Exhibition prices do not include the delegate attendance.

Option 1
Students and smaller voluntary organisations (Inc. charities and social enterprise with less than 30 employees)

£100 +vat conference standard rate
£100 +vat exhibition cost

Option 2
Central government departments and agencies, non-departmental public bodies and other public sector organisations, commercial organisations with 1-3 employees and larger voluntary organisations with 30 or more employees

£125 +vat conference standard rate
£125 +vat exhibition cost

Option 3
Commercial Sector

£175 +vat conference standard rate
£175 +vat exhibition cost

Exhibition spaces are very limited so be quick if you wish to exhibit.


If you would like any further information please email No Offence!

For more information please visit the No Offence! website.