New Model of Custody for Women


In July 2015, Scottish Ministers announced that Scotland would adopt a new approach for working with women in our care, with a move towards custody in the community.  This followed the publication of the Commission on Women Offenders Report in 2012 which detailed a number of recommendations for the care of women in custody.

As part of this new approach, it was announced that a smaller national prison facility would be built to replace HMP & YOI Cornton Vale and new Community Custody Units (CCUs) would be developed across Scotland.

Since the announcement, work has been underway in designing and developing plans for these facilities. HMP & YOI Stirling is being built on the site of the existing Cornton Vale, alongside 2 new CCUs, the Lilias Centre located in Maryhill, Glasgow and the Bella Centre in Hilltown, Dundee.

The New Model of Custody will ensure there are opportunities for women to express and explore the life circumstances and/or choices which have led them to be in custody and will provide a range of evidence based interventions aimed at maximising the opportunity for reflection, reparation and rehabilitation. 

In order to achieve this, the SPS, together with key Stakeholders and partners, has re-designed the custodial arrangements for women to ensure both the physical environment and available services are gender specific and trauma informed, meeting the needs of the women in our care. An important element of this will be creating an environment and conditions which are based on safety, respect and dignity.