In the UK Women only make up 5% of those convicted every year but are subject to longer longer sentences in prisons further away from home.

  • 81% of women are unemployed before entering prison (compared to 7.7% of the general population)

  • 53% experienced abuse as a child (compared to 20% of the general population)

  • 46% have attempted suicide in the past (compared to 4% of the general public

Learn why women are drawn into crime, where they end up and how they are supported in the UK and internationally.

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Your opportunity to ask questions to and hear from an expert panel including:

Our patron, Kate Adie, CBE, renowned Journalist and Prison Visitor will be chairing the panel

Kate hardly needs an introduction but you may not know that she is a Patron of The Footprints Project and has been unstinting in her support of the Charity and helps us enormously. Kate was appointed a CBE, received a BAFTA Fellowship in 2018 and is also a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dorset.
Kate’s Books include: The Kindness of Strangers. Her autobiography, Corsets to Camouflage: Women and War
Nobody’s Child, which covers the history of foundling children and questions of identity.
Into Danger: People Who Risk Their Lives for Work.
Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One.

Julia Killick, CBE, Former Governor of HMP Holloway

Julia started her career in Local Authority Housing and similarly worked as a magistrate before joining the Prison Service in 1998 on the inaugural ‘ Direct Entry’ Governor scheme. Prison officer training took eleven weeks at HMP Highdown before being allocated her first Governor role at HMP Holloway, where she stayed for two years. She moved to YOI Feltham as Head of Prisoner Care, and worked for four years before promotion to Deputy Governor and later Governor in charge of Haslar Immigration Removal Centre In Portsmouth . In 2008 she became Governor at HMP Guys Marsh a category C Male training Prison in Dorset. In 2010 she returned to Govern Holloway and with a team of 300 staff cared for 590 women, reducing running costs by 25% whilst the achieving highest standards in its history as measured by the Chief Inspector of Prisons. I retired in December 2015 following the announcement of Holloway’s closure and was awarded a CBE for services to Prisons.

Since retirement she remains involved with the Criminal Justice System as a trustee at both the Prison Reform Trust and Liberty Kitchen, a social enterprise based at HMP Pentonville working with prisoners to create street food. She is also a trustee of Step Together working nationally with ex offenders and service personnel to support their volunteering as a route back into society.

Paula Harriott, Head of Prisoner Involvement at the Prison Reform Trust.

As a lived experience leader and  senior management team member at the Prison Reform Trust , Paula leads on developing prisoner leadership in the debate about criminal justice policy,  and integrating prisoner voice and expertise into the work of the Prison Reform Trust and the wider criminal justice  sector.  Her work builds on PRT’s strategic commitment to listening to and providing a voice for prisoners and their families; and promoting their role in making change happen.

She is a Trustee of the Community Chaplaincy Association and at PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust)

She was previously Head of Involvement at Revolving Doors Agency 2015-2107, where she provided consultancy advice to 2 National Lottery programmes on service user involvement, as well as supporting the active involvement of the Lived Experience Team in the national Liaison and Diversion service.

As Head of Programmes at User Voice 2010-2015 she led on development of service user involvement in prison and probation, as well as forensic mental health services.

Sara Hean, PhD, Professor of Social Work at the University of Stavanger; Norway (left)

Sarah is Professor of Social Work at the University of Stavanger; Norway and previously a Professor of Social Sciences at the Bournemouth University, England with expertise in interprofessional education and collaborative practice between the mental health and criminal justice systems.  She has completed a Marie Curie Sklodowska (MSCA) individual fellowship in interagency practices and is currently principal investigator and coordinator of the COLAB consortium, an EU MSCA RISE programme aiming to improve collaborations between criminal justice and welfare services in Europe. Footprints is a key partner in this consortium. Sarah brings an international perspective to the panel, including the work of her PhD student Eden Begna Gobena (right) and Colleague Prof Vanessa Heaslip, on women´s perspectives of motherhood after release from prison in Ethiopia. 

Dr Vanessa Heaslip, Associate Professor Bournemouth University

Dr Heaslip is an Associate Professor, Deputy Head of the Department of Nursing Science and the lead of the Nursing for Long Term Health Research Centre at Bournemouth University. Her research interests are in social exclusion and vulnerable groups in society whose voices are not traditionally heard in the academic and professional discourse. In particular, she is interested in marginalised communities who experience health inequity. Dr Heaslip has numerous publications including book contributions, journal articles (professional and peer reviewed), editorials and discussion papers, see:

Vanessa has received numerous awards and prizes including; International Council of Nursing Global Nurse Leadership Scholar (2021), UK Woman of the Year (2019) for her work on diversity, Florence Nightingale Scholar (2016) and the BU Postgraduate Research Prize (2015).

Twitter: @HeaslipVanessa


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