Independent evaluation of KAIROS WWT prison in-reach project delivered at HMP Peterborough and Floating Support Service


KAIROS Women Working Together (WWT)




Dr. Geraldine Brady, Dr. Geraldine Brown and Elizabeth Bos(CBiS).


Our objective is to provide an independent evaluation of Kairos WWT prison in-reach project at HMP Peterborough and Coventry based Floating Support Service.

The prison in-reach service involves a Kairos’ project worker making monthly visits to HMP Peterborough, meeting with female prisoners with a link to Coventry (pre or post sentence) who have a history of or vulnerability to sex working. On release from prison, support is provided by Kairos Floating Support Service, offering a brokering service for mainstream agencies, providing a member of staff to advocate on behalf of women.

The evaluation will evidence the work of this service that provides a link from prison to the community.


For women who enter prison to serve a custodial sentence, there is a need for clear co-ordinated preventative action in and after prison to decrease the risk of re-offending (SEU, 2002). National Offender Management Service 'Believing we Can' recognised the need for strong partnership working with voluntary and community organisations to achieve this end (NOMS, 2007).

This evaluation will provide an evidence base for the delivery of the prison in-reach service delivered by KAIROS WWT in HMP Peterborough. The evaluation is being carried out by a multi-disciplinary research team and a key outcome should be that the evaluation positively contributes to the development of the organization. An action research model ensures that findings will shape the practice of KAIROS and all stakeholders over the period of evaluation and will focus on the limitations and challenges of the service as well as successes. 

Part of our focus is to assess the ways in which the support enables service-users to access health care (physical, mental and sexual), welfare agencies, housing agencies, substance misuse services, legal advice and provisions for furthering education and training. Through a collaborative approach the evaluation team will aim to build evaluation into the everyday practice of KAIROS WWT, which supports the sustainability of the service. The establishment of a positive working relationship will provide learning opportunities and an opportunity for a collaborative approach to dissemination of the key findings.  In addition, we see the evaluation as supporting the organisations wider aim to support, empower, and give voice to vulnerable women in Coventry.

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