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What Works with Women Offenders: Challenging stereotypes and achieving change

Prato, Tuscany, 10-12 September 2007


Please be advised that people wishing to register for the ‘What Works with Women Offenders’ Conference will be required to fax their completed registration forms to +61 3 9903 1141 (email enquiries to, please note receipt of registration may take one to two weeks to process.


International Conference


It is widely recognised that the number of women serving prison sentences has increased significantly, and is a worldwide phenomenon. Justice systems are under increasing pressure to protect the community and punish offenders, while concurrently providing care and rehabilitation. The inherent tension between these goals makes this a complex area for practitioners, policy makers, educators and women offenders themselves and their families.

This conference will build on the 2005 program which attracted over 150 delegates from 17 countries. The venue will again be the magnificent Monash University Centre in Prato, in the 18th century palace, Palazzo Vaj (just 20 minutes from Florence, in Tuscany, Italy).

The conference will aim to address how the professionals who work with and have an interest in, helping women offenders, are bringing about change, or hope to bring about change. It will explore the services and opportunities provided to women offenders to reduce their risk of re-offending and assist them in rebuilding their lives with the support of their community.

This forum will again offer considerable opportunity for cross-national dialogue, keynote presentations, and an emphasis on panel and round-table presentations, together with an opportunity for individual paper presentations that address conference themes.

Dr Rosemary Sheehan
Conference Convenor
Department of Social Work
School of Primary Health Care

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