Women, violence, drugs and prison: What works beyond risk and vulnerability?

Room 422, Room 423b, The School of Education
Wednesday 6 March 2019 (12:00-16:30)

Dr Sarah Brooks-Wilson s.brooks-wilson@bham.ac.uk


Birmingham criminology seminar series

Birmingham Criminology Seminar Series 2019

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Dr Susie Balderston (academic lead) and Georgeia Ellis (event lead)

This event aims to share evidence-based policy making and practice between providers, policy-makers, Commissioners and academics. We hope to influence prevention, services and policy for the Combined Authority in the West Midlands and beyond. The harms of violence, drugs and prison for women is a pressing and gendered issue, which falls between criminal justice, social care and health provision across statutory, third and private sectors. Delegates at this event will learn what works, share the barriers and work towards a seamless pathway for women, their children and our communities beyond 2020.


  • Over a decade on from Corston: Evidence-based policy-making beyond risk and vulnerability
  • Multi-Agency Working and Single Assessment: Learning from Manchester’s Combined Authority
  • Stream 1: Challenging custody
    • The violence of the system: restraint, self-harm and deaths in custody - learning from lived experience.
    • Liaison and diversion: prevention and provision from the cells – a health approach.
  • Stream 2: Substance use
    • Combined commissioning: A multi-agency approach from criminal justice, social care and public health for women in the West Midlands.
    • Residential substance rehabilitation: re-building life after drugs, sexual violence and crime
  • Plenary: Gender-responsive and trauma-informed responses with criminal justice involved women: What works?
  • Planning and pathways for policy towards 2020.

Additional information:

We look forward to welcoming you at the University of Birmingham for an engaging and lively afternoon. Please contact the organisers if you have any accessibility or dietary requirements. Places are free, but limited - please let us know if you can no longer attend, so that someone else can use your place (we have a waiting list).