Advisory Board on Female Offenders

The Advisory Board for Female Offenders was established to deliver the Government's Strategic Objectives for Female Offenders.

Strategic Objectives for Female Offenders

Published on 22 March 2013, our strategic objectives set out the Government’s intentions to ensure that there are robust and effective sentencing options in the community that address the specific needs of female offenders; that the women’s custodial estate is tailored to their needs, and that our Transforming Rehabilitation reforms support better life management to reduce women’s reoffending.

Strategic objectives for female offenders

Update on delivery of Strategic Objectives

On 27 March 2014 we announced our intention to establish a Clink restaurant at HMP/YOI Styal and a Clink market garden at HMP/YOI Send, which will supply produce to two Clink restaurants. In accordance with a commitment given to Parliament we have also published an update on the progress made in delivering the Government’s Strategic Objectives for Female Offenders

Role of group

The Advisory Board is chaired by Simon Hughes, Minister of State for Justice, and works to four designated work streams to support the delivery of the Government’s Strategic Objectives for Female Offenders:

  • Enhanced provision in the community for female offenders: taking an innovative approach at the scope of existing provision and seeing whether improved sentencing options that combine a sufficiently punitive element with rehabilitation support should be made available.
  • Transforming Rehabilitation for female offenders: supporting the Rehabilitation programme in designing the system to ensure women’s needs and priorities are recognised in the provision of services in the community and through the gate.
  • Review of women’s prison estate: providing external, practitioner focussed input to the review of the women’s prison estate. This review is expected to report in summer.
  • Whole System Approach: raising awareness amongst stakeholders, other government departments and criminal justice partners of the factors associated with women’s offending.

Further information about the women’s custodial estate.


The Advisory Board meets four times a year.

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