Justice Minister Simon Hughes tours Greater Manchester probation services

Justice Minister Simon Hughes visits probation services in Greater Manchester

Stockport Women’s Centre provides a safe place for women. It offers everything from support for women with high levels of need through to those who want advice.

Mr Hughes, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, visited to learn more about the work done to not only hold women to account for their actions, but also to help their rehabilitation.

Up to eight women a week on community sentences and licences attend the centre, and are able to use any aspect of SWC’s service.

Probation and SWC have worked together since 2011, and – thanks to funding support from Tony as PCC for Greater Manchester – are spearheading a project aimed at providing support for women at any stage of the criminal justice service. The project launches on September 1st.

Tony Lloyd said:

“Mr Hughes was able to see the excellent work being done by probation services, local authorities and the police across Greater Manchester to try to reduce reoffending.

“We all agree that more needs to be done to reduce reoffending and ensure there are fewer victims of crime.
“Greater Manchester is leading the way in improving how probation works with vulnerable women and men to tackle the complex issues that are often behind repetitive criminal behaviour.

“I’m delighted to showcase the work of the Stockport Women’s Centre as part of Mr Hughes’ visit to our region.”

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