Make a referral

If you are working with a woman with experience of the criminal justice system, you can make a referral for her to receive expert employability support from Working Chance.

Who are we looking to support?

Referral criteria

We welcome referrals for anyone in England and Wales who has a conviction, and who identifies as a woman or non-binary.

You're more than welcome to get in touch before you fill in the form. That way, we can guide you through the process and make sure that everything is smooth and efficient.

For organisations

If you are an organisation working with a woman with experience of the criminal justice system who might benefit from our support, please fill in the form or email

Please note, there is currently a waiting list of over six weeks.

For women

Are you looking for support for yourself?

Let's work together

For charities, prison and probation, and Job Centre colleagues

The evidence indicates that for most women who get caught up in the criminal justice system, it's connected to trauma, poverty, social exclusion and coercion, rather than rational decision-making. Most women with convictions have had to make very difficult life choices with poor options available to them. But that said, we ask that each woman we support has the ability to reflect on her convictions and know that she would act differently in the future. By taking this responsibility, she is best placed to disclose her conviction to an employer: ready to focus on her future and not her past.


I didn’t know what to expect, but today has shown me that I’m not on my own.

Nora Working Chance client