Women in Prison

Women in Prison is a unique, women-only organisation that provides gender-specialist support to women affected by the criminal justice system, and campaigns to expose the injustice and damage caused to women and their families by imprisonment.


The organisation was founded in 1983 by Chris Tchaikovsky and international criminologist, Pat Carlen. Fuelled by anger about incidents she had witnessed when imprisoned in HMP Holloway, founder Chris campaigned for change and an increase in awareness of the lives of women in prison.

In the early 1990s, the organisation was able to expand its remit beyond campaigning to deliver direct support to women affected by the criminal justice system. WIP's initial focus on prison in-reach services was then expanded to support women in the community following their release.

WIP run three women’s centres which support women holistically to address the root causes of offending, such as domestic violence, mental ill-health, substance misuse, poverty, and homelessness.

Sadly, in 2002, Chris passed away. Despite the loss of its visionary founder, Women in Prison works to carry on Chris' legacy, and continues to grow.

WIP draw on their extensive expertise to influence policy-makers, media and the public, and run a number of campaigns to raise awareness of their cause, such as their ambition to reduce the women's prison population by half to 2,020, by 2020.

The life experiences of women prisoners and ex-prisoners means that the need for a women-only workforce is necessary, if not essential, which is why all staff and volunteers at Women in Prison are female. Across the organisation, volunteers support WIP staff with office and finance admin, running workshops, counselling and mentoring, fundraising, research and policy, campaigning and much more.


In the background of the women’s work to support such a significant cause, Croner have been able to offer internal support for the charity’s workforce for a number of years.

Croner was chosen by Trustees over ten years ago, and have since assisted with HR advice during redundancy, TUPE and other employment-related situations.  

How We've Helped

When asked about the service they have received, Senior Management at WIP inform: “Guidance and advice has been provided in a timely manner by Croner representatives, who were extremely punctual in returning calls and emails. The advice given was clear with definitive guidance on procedures throughout.

“It was particularly reassuring to be given one point of contact for particular cases.

"In addition, it has been clear from communications that the Croner member of staff allocated to an enquiry has taken the time to get familiar with the background detail and circumstances of the cases, therefore avoiding the necessity for repetition when seeking further advice or clarification.

“Croner’s services have helped Women in Prison by supporting managers with HR situations that have arisen relating to employment. In addition, Croner have supported WiP through updating policies and processes relevant to employment responsibilities.

“Croner are efficient, knowledgeable, professional and courteous in communications with staff. Contact with Croner is always reassuring as we are confident we have access to up to date HR advice and support.”

Download Case Study

Click the button below to download our client case study in PDF format.


Speak to an Expert

To enquire about Croner's 24/7 employment law and business support helpline call 0808 145 3386 or get a free call back.

Request a Call Back

Free to Download Employer Resources

  • alpha-dental-group


    Alpha Dental Group

    "The beauty of being able to contact Croner by email or by phone is that they're constantly up to date wi..."

    Read more
  • basc



    "Croner Reward has provided a thoroughly professional service, with a consultant who has been robust and challenging."

    Read more
  • bemrose-school-derby


    Bemrose School Derby

    “Having Croner-i saves us a lot of time and money, as we do not have to use credits from our external legal provider.”

    Read more
  • blois-meadow-day-nursery


    Blois Meadow Day Nursery

    “It’s always useful to have the authoritative advice on the other end of the phone”

    Read more
  • case-study-s-leisure-group


    The A & S Leisure Group

    “We do work very, very closely with Croner. We always have a dedicated consultant, in fact we have four, ..."

    Read more
  • certikin



    “Our Distribution Manager had a particularly technical query relating to respirators, he contacted our He..."

    Read more
  • CIPD



    “What drove me to Croner, and what I found really impressive, was the innovative ideas that they brought to the table.”

    Read more
  • Classic Quartz Stone


    Classic Quartz Stone

    We are taking it slow and steady, and making our way through all the different advantages that Simplify h..."

    Read more

Do you have any questions?

Get a free callback from one of our regional experts today