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Services to improve support for women

4 April 2016

Women who offend in Kent, Surrey and Sussex will receive more targeted support to help them break the cycle of crime during their sentence.

We have recently awarded the women’s co-location and wrap around support service contract for Sussex to Brighton Women’s Centre. 

They will provide additional support for women with the most complex needs to help them to address their needs, reduce reoffending, and improve compliance with their sentence requirements. 


Lisa Dando, Director of Brighton Women’s Centre, said: “We recognise that women have needs that are not met when they first enter the Criminal Justice System.

We are pleased to be working alongside KSS CRC staff and believe we can provide an enhanced service to address these needs, drawing on our successful track record and experience of working with women.”

In other parts of KSS our Interventions team is delivering specialist programmes for female service users and is working with local partners to identify co-location opportunities and to share best practice.
  
Kamini Sanghani, KSS CRC’s Director of Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to award the contract in Sussex to Brighton Women’s Centre, who bring over 40 years’ experience of working with women in Sussex. Our provision of services, both internal and external, will help us to tailor our approach to women so that we can help them make lasting changes in their lives.”

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