Women’s Diversion: Funded by Waterloo Foundation, Big Lottery Fund and IOM Women’s Pathfinder Project

The aim of this scheme is to support women arrested for the first time for low-level offences, e.g. shop lifting, public order offences.

In 2010, Gibran UK (in partnership with The Waterloo Foundation) developed a pilot scheme to divert women away from crime at the point of first arrest or their first community punishment. The project concept was developed in conjunction with Mrs Carmel Napier, former Chief Constable of Gwent Police, and delivered with support from a number of officers at Newport Central and Ystrad Mynach police stations.

In June 2010 we piloted `Triage` for women with Gwent Police at Newport Central Station.

The aim of the intervention is to work with first time offenders; women who have been arrested for the first time for a low level offence, such as shoplifting; public order offences, and minor criminal damage. The success of the early pilot convinced us that this was the way forward.

We have received 25 referrals in 3 months with 40% engagement.

On referral we undertake a needs assessment with the women to establish their criminogenic needs based on the NOMS Pathways model. We explore the reasons for their offending behaviour and develop individual action plans with a view to successfully diverting these women away from further criminal activity.

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