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The Women Offenders of Norfolk, Diversion, Engagement and Rehabilitation (WONDER) service is a Whole System Approach (WSA) to rehabilitating female offenders and supporting women at risk of offending, funded by the Ministry of Justice, Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Norfolk County Council Public Health and the Norfolk and Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company (NSCRC).

This service is diversionary in approach (whereby women given a conditional caution or other women who voluntarily self-refer to the scheme) and a targeted intervention for qualifying female offenders, and women at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System (CJS).

This service utilises a number of diversionary points including (but not exclusively) Community Policing, Police Custody, District Council based multi-agency early help hubs, victim’s services, health services and other help and support networks for vulnerable women.

The outcome is the delivery of a community based holistic system of gender specific assessment, referral and support to meet the complex needs of this vulnerable client group.

“From day one, my link worker has been my rock. She always listened and never judged me. Before I met her, I was a mess and giving up on life. Now, because of everything she has done for me, I have become the best person I can be and I can’t thank her enough.” (WONDER client)

“My client was referred to mental health services. I attended all of her appointments and home visits. My client was only too happy for me to be there, as she often struggled to remember details of her meetings. They kept me updated with any concerns they had regarding my client, and I did the same – which really helped with her support plan.” (WONDER link support worker)

“My client has successfully won back the care of her granddaughter. She has been completely sober since her arrest, attends weekly AA meetings and is returning to work very soon.” (WONDER link worker).

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