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'Every public sector women’s prison will have specially trained family engagement workers who will help to maintain and improve links with the women’s families.Andy Keen-Downs, the Chief Executive of Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) said:
'Many female offenders find it extremely difficult to cope with separation from their children and families while they are in custody.
'Helping them to make practical arrangements, stay in touch and rebuild their family relationships is not only key to keeping women in prisons safe and healthy, it is also a vital factor in reducing their risk of reoffending upon release.'
'As a group of charities, we are really excited to be working together and with the MOJ and HM Prison Service in a spirit of partnership to establish and mainstream this much-needed service in women’s prisons and a number of young offender institutions. Our focus will be very much on supporting family relationships during the critically important early days of custody, and on reducing the risk of harm to people in prison and their children and family members outside. We are confident that as more and more evidence emerges about the positive outcomes of this approach, it will be extended to all prisons.'