At CCJS they aim to advance public understanding of crime, criminal justice and social harm. They believe that the United Kingdom’s over reliance on policing, prosecution and punishment is socially harmful, economically wasteful, and prevents us from tackling the complex problems our society faces in a sustainable, socially just manner.
They have several projects that are explicitly about women.
One Small Thing works with staff in women’s prisons and in the community across England and Scotland, developing approaches grounded in understanding and fostering positive outcomes for all. We call this trauma-informed practice. During the first phase of the project, One Small Thing worked with the National Offender Management Service to bring the renowned US expert, Dr Stephanie Covington, to the UK in September 2015. Dr Covington delivered a series of workshops for staff working in female prisons and community providers in England and Scotland.
Trauma and Harm in Women’s prisons. Many women in prison have experienced emotional trauma prior to imprisonment. The experience of being imprisoned can also be a traumatic one for many women, regardless of the quality of individual institutions and the professionalism and commitment of staff members. This project is focusing on women’s lifetime experiences of trauma – not forgetting the ‘here and now’ of multiple stresses in prison. On these foundations we aim provide evidence for new directions in prison management as well as new community-based options for women. The project will help to clarify not simply the extent of distress but also its origins and sources, so that it will be possible to design and improve comprehensive service approaches involving the whole prison and a range of community-based services. Establishing the sources and dynamics of trauma is far from being merely a research or academic question: it goes right to the heart of which interventions should be designed to reduce or ameliorate the impact of trauma. The project should be significant for anyone interested in policy on women’s imprisonment, and many practitioners, whether prison-based or in the community.