Authors: Nicola Carroll and Carol Grant
This report sets out many powerful examples of how women centred working can deliver solutions for women which are safe, tailored, empowering, outcome focused and cost-effective. The long term benefits are huge - for women, their children and families, for future generations and for whole communities.
Vulnerable women can be caught in a complex web of inter-related problems such as domestic violence, homelessness, substance misuse, poor mental and physical health and offending behaviour.
While existing services can be costly and ineffective, what has come to be known as the women centred way of working can get to root causes of difficult issues by integrating services around each woman's specific needs.
Community based projects around the country have been delivering specially tailored support for decades to women who are dealing with severe and multiple problems.
Showcasing Women Centred Solutions demonstrates the principles of women centred working in action, and the benefits it can bring.
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Simon Duffy and Clare Hyde explain how WomenCentre achieves its astonishing outcomes and explore the difficulties faced by innovative organisations in the welfare system.
Services for women and families are incredibly complex and grow in complexity the more people need something consistent and reliable.
WomenCentre is a pioneering social innovation based in Halifax. Local women have come together to support those of them who face the gravest difficulties.
Clare Hyde wonders whether the government's thinking about focusing on 'problem' families is informed by an understanding of the reality of domestic violence.
A presentation given to bishops' spouses about Women Centred Solutions and what went wrong with welfare reform.