Willow is a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian and the third sector. The project aims to reduce offending behaviour and health inequalities; to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of women in the criminal justice system; and to increase their access to services and involvement in their local community. Many of the women involved are frequent re-offenders, with complex needs related to their social circumstances, previous histories of abuse, mental ill-health and addiction problems. National data shows that over half the women in prison report having suffered domestic violence, and one in three have experienced sexual abuse.
Service users are involved in the design and continuous improvement of the service. Willow works with women who are marginalised within society, many coming from backgrounds of trauma and abuse. The service helps women to move successfully into recovery and away from previous lifestyles. Willow facilitates effective, comprehensive and better coordinated responses from public services to address the inequalities faced by women in the criminal justice system.
Whilst many services are multi-disciplinary, at Willow, all disciplines are managed by one person, making the service highly integrated at the point of delivery. The core Willow team includes criminal justice social workers, support workers, nurses, psychologists and an occupational therapist.
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