Six reports from the Practitioner Research: Outcomes and Partnership (PROP2) project have been published today. The project was developed by Iriss and the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and built on the learning from the previous Practitioner Research: Older People (PROP) project (http://blogs.iriss.org.uk/prop/).
Over 2013-15, the Scottish Government provided time-limited funding to 16 projects across Scotland to establish new and develop existing community services for women who offend. A national evaluation examined how these services were implemented and to what extent they contributed towards positive outcomes for women (associated with reduced reoffending). This national evaluation was completed at the end of May 2015. It was undertaken by Ruth Dryden and Colleen Souness, former Associates at Iriss
"Homeless women will often resort to extreme measures to keep a roof over their heads: remaining in abusive relationships, engaging in sex work or committing minor crimes to be taken into custody. Others are found in crack houses and brothels, where they are controlled by pimps and drugs. For women that do end up on the streets, hidden sleeping sites away from the more obvious doorways and subways may protect them from immediate dangers, but can isolate them from potential help".
These are the words of Georgina Cranston, the creator of the Where from? Where now?
This discussion on whether women's imprisonment is the best way to deal with female offenders and the possible alternatives features Gill McIvor, Professor of Criminology, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research; Mary Belgan, Service Manager, 218 Centre; Nancy Loucks, Chief Executive, Families Outside; and Margaret Malloch, Research Fellow, SCCJR.
Dr Nancy Lombard talks about her research conducted with 89 primary school children in Glasgow. The research explored their views on violence, particularly about violence against women. The research involved an exploratory questionnaire, group discussion sessions and discussions of case studies.
Susan Batchelor, University of Strathclyde.