Using over 30 years' experience of working with women affected by the criminal justice system, Women in Prison provides in-house training on how to support this complex and hard to reach client group.

Our training programmes offer a unique balance of theory, research, policy and frontline experience. Through games, discussions, interactive sessions and presentations, you will expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding of the impact of women’s involvement with the criminal justice system and strengthen your ability to meet their needs.

Upcoming Training:

Training on the Needs of Women in the Criminal Justice System

When: Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 10am - 4pm
Where: WomenMATTA, St Wilfrid's Enterprise Centre, Royce Road, Hulme, Greater Manchester, M15 5BJ
Cost: FREE (£20 charge for cancellation less than 48hrs before event)

The course covers how the experiences of women within the criminal justice system differ to those of men. It will include a discussion around the impact of stigma and exclusion and the barriers to engagement with services. The findings of the Corston Report will be discussed. The training will focus on ways to promote the engagement of women and reduce the pathways to reoffending.

Training is suitable for practitioners and volunteers with an interest in the criminal justice system or the needs of women and is interactive with case studies and exercises.

To book a place or for more information contact WomenMATTA's Community Project Worker Sarah Byrne on or 0161 232 1778.

For general training enquiries contact

Feedback from participants:

  • “I now feel extremely knowledgeable on this subject matter. Great pace, clear information”
  • “Experienced and passionate and engaging training professionals”
  • “The interactive approach was very effective – a very clever and in depth way to show the area’s complexity”
  • “I now have a much greater understanding of the female offender perspective and needs from the offender manager relationship”
  • “It exceeded my expectations … training isn’t usually as fun as this!”
  • “The trainers were good at adapting the training material to meet our individual goals”
  • “Trainers were very enthusiastic and open to discussion, they are particularly knowledgeable because they are front line workers and could relate things to the research”.