It is recognised that the circumstances of women’s offending tend to be different from the circumstances of men’s offending. The problems associated with female offending are often complex and involve poverty, homelessness, mental illness, abuse, domestic violence and addictions. INSPIRE, therefore, develops and delivers an enhanced range of women-specific services which contributes directly to reducing women’s offending through targeting community-based interventions.

The women who come through the doors of Inspire are challenged to take responsibility for their actions and are assisted to get their lives back on track.  It is clear that the work of Inspire is making a real difference to families throughout Northern Ireland.

INSPIRE provides

  • probation supervision for women offenders subject to community supervision and post release licences.
  • pre-sentence assessment reports for courts and
  • resettlement opportunities for women on day release prior to their release from custody.

INSPIRE provides a women-only space for women to attend their probation appointments, complete offence-focused programmes such as the Think First programme, a Home Office accredited cognitive behaviour programme for women who have more than three previous convictions, alcohol and anger management programmes and drug counselling, which are delivered by both probation staff and a range of other support programme providers. Partner organisations include NIACRO, the Women’s Support Network (WSN), Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), Social Services, Women’s Aid, Addictions NI, Alternatives NI and Community Restorative Justice Ireland.

Childcare is available within the project and, if appropriate, can be sourced locally through a range of providers.

Useful Links
INSPIRE Women’s Project Evaluation 2011 (Department of Justice)
Reducing Offending Among Women 2013-16: Revised Draft Strategy (NI Justice Committee Evidence)