ReUnite

ReUnite provides support to reunite women released from prison with their children


 

Who we help

ReUnite works with mothers leaving prison who would otherwise be homeless. Caught in a 'Catch 22' situation, upon release from prison a woman is generally unable to get her children back from social care or family arrangements unless she has somewhere suitable to live. However, she is often not entitled to suitable housing, unless her children are living with her. 

 

How we help

  • Supported Accommodation - We provide supported accommodation with space for group work and therapeutic services. Experienced support workers provide advocacy, practical and emotional support for issues including employment, debt, practical living skills and community involvement
  • Floating Support Services - We provide support and advocacy services to help women secure accommodation through a range of housing providers. This is available to women across all London Boroughs 
  • Support for children & young people - Our dedicated Children and Young People's Support Workers directly support children of our service users, helping them re-establish healthy bonds with their mothers and overcome the trauma they may have experienced. They also advocate and liaise with social services and family courts where appropriate, regarding issues of contact and custody

 

Facts & Stats

  • Half of female prisoners are left homeless after their release from prison. (Source: IMB study, 2018)
  • Each year around 17,700 children are separated from their mother by imprisonment (Source: Home Office)
  • 66% of women in prison are mothers with dependent children (Source: Ministry of Justice)
  • Our project reoffending rate is less than 2% vs the national average of 48% re-offending within 12 months of release

 

Contact us

For more information or to refer for ReUnite please call us on 020 7501 6120 or email ReUnite@h4w.co.uk

Sarah's* story

This short film below documents a woman’s journey through our past ReUnite service which was delivered in partnership with Commonweal.

The video was commissioned by Commonweal, as part of their 10 year anniversary to highlight the partnership work they do.

* Real names not used

 

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