Our research listings
Our research listings
Research Papers and Briefings
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.
Losing my voice: A study of the barriers and facilitators to disclosure for sex-working women in residential drug treatment
The focus of this research is on sex workers and the residential drug rehabilitation – a setting wherein they are attempting to produce momentous change in their lives. I interviewed street sex workers, escorts and parlour workers. The aim was to contextualise the meanings sex workers placed on sharing their internal world with others and the powerful impact of disclosure of sex work in relation to their treatment.
'Score, smoke, back on the beat': an exploration of the impact of homelessness on exiting street sex working in Manchester
A woman's place? Identifying the needs of female drug users and responses in drug treatment policy and practice
• What are the real underlying causes of female drug use?
• Does the treatment system recognise them and make adequate provision for women?
and licensees. The study examines the structure of support to help women regain control of their lives, to empower them to progress to the next stage, ie. semi independent/independent living. It aims to highlight the strengths, weaknesses and, effectiveness of regimes in reducing offending for women; and to identify
any gaps which exist.
NB. The term Approved Premises refers to (Home Office) defined standards of practice.
• ascertain what proportion of older women offenders (50+) make up the growing prison population;
• examine community sentences and other punishments given as an alternative to custody, for this group;
• provide a focus on the rehabilitation and resettlement of older women on their release from prison, especially those with drug and alcohol problems;
• examine the role of outside agencies in the resettlement of older women offenders and to determine their effectiveness.
The research is based on interviews with offenders, magistrates, judges, justices’ clerks, probation officers, representatives of voluntary organisations, a deputy prison governor and government ministers.
'What Works' with women who offend: A service user's perspective. Exploring the synthesis between what women want and what women get
justice and other associated agencies provide. A review of the literature exploring these issues, together with the information generated from the women’s accounts of their experiences, form the evidence contained in the full report.