The Police and Crime Commissioner (who is also the Co-Chair of the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership’s Overview and Scrutiny Board) is currently writing to Lincolnshire agencies, inviting them to join to concordat and work together to identify and respond to the needs of women.
Participants of the Lincolnshire Concordat will commit to work together to improve outcomes for Lincolnshire women and girls at risk of entering or who have already entered the criminal justice sector. These women and girls, often with multiple and complex needs, include some of the most vulnerable in our county. We will work together to address their needs, preventing trauma from happening or promoting recovery if trauma has been experienced already. In so doing we will apply the principles of the Lincolnshire Women’s Strategy in the provision and commissioning of all services in Lincolnshire. We will make sure that all our services and partners, including the voluntary sector, work together to support women and girls. We will promote the delivery of the strategic priorities of the Ministry of Justice Female Offender Strategy, which should result in:
- fewer women coming into the criminal justice system.
- fewer women in custody (especially on short-term sentences) and a greater proportion of women supported in the community successfully.
- better conditions for those who are in custody.
By participating in the Concordat, Lincolnshire agencies will agree to work together to identify and respond to the needs of women. This will mean changes to agencies’ 2021-22 business plans and strategic priorities in order to prevent women and girls entering the criminal justice system by ensuring that they have access to the services they need, at the times in their lives when those services will have the biggest impact and in ways that women themselves have told us will make a difference.
This webpage will be updated with those agencies who have signed up to the Lincolnshire Concordat in due course.