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At the end of their year on the Griffins Society Fellowship Programme, Fellows produce a 10,000 word Research Paper on their findings. Research Papers are available here to view or download as a PDF (the size of each file is given).  

For all papers you will find the REPORT IN FULL, and also a single-page ABSTRACT.  For more recent papers, an EXECUTIVE SUMMARY is also available.

Fellows' research can be freely copied and distributed as long as the author and the Griffins Society are credited.


Exploring the impact of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 on women involved in the criminal justice system

Author: Alice Moore
Published: 2018

In 2014, legislation was introduced in Wales that placed new obligations on local authorities to
prevent homelessness. If effective, the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (hereafter referred to as the Act)
should provide greater assistance and support to households not considered 'in priority need'.
However, the Act also removed priority need status for prison leavers, meaning local authorities no
longer have an automatic duty to secure accommodation for people released from prison homeless.

In the initial years after the introduction of the Act, and at a time when homelessness is on the rise,
this report provides an insight into whether this housing policy is 'fit for purpose' for women leaving
– and often returning to – prison and provides recommendations for how policy and practice can be
improved to better support them.

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