Hidden Sentence training for Parenting Practitioners

We have recently developed a new version of our Hidden Sentence training course specifically for parenting practitioners who want to understand more about the experience of families who have a loved one in prison, have just been released from prison, or are serving a community sentence.

A prison sentence can put severe stress on an individual’s ability to parent. The emotional, financial and practical strains can push families to breaking point. Parenting support could make a vital difference at this point. Our new training will give practitioners the confidence and knowledge they need to support parents at this critical time. Parents who remain in the home are suddenly asked to cope as single parents and manage issues ranging from finance to housing, whilst coping with the loss of a loved one.

They may have to leave work in order to parent effectively plunging the family into poverty. Moreover, the stigma of imprisonment means that traditional routes of support such as friends, family and community may be closed to them. Hostility from the local community may even cause them to move house.

Find out how to support parents in this situation through Hidden Sentence for Parenting Practitioners.

Hidden Sentence is a well known training course developed by Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Familiespart of Family Lives, for professionals whose work brings them in contact with prisoners’ families, including children’s centre workers, troubled families workers, school staff, play workers, health visitors, and family intervention teams. This course gives a clear overview of the issues facing prisoners’ families and provides a range of strategies and resources to help you support them.

What does Hidden Sentence offer?

Hidden Sentence will give you a clear overview of an offender’s journey, how this affects their family from what happens on arrest to when they are released from prison. The training includes a range of strategies to help you in your work with families affected. 

Who is the training for?

  • family support workers
  • children's centre managers
  • parenting leads
  • health visitors
  • play workers
  • family intervention teams 
  • school staff 

How many people can attend a course?

All of our Hidden Sentence courses can be delivered in groups for a minimum of 10 delegates and a maximum of 20. Hidden Sentence and Hidden Sentence for Parenting Practitioners are one day courses. 

How much does it cost?

Costs for a group training session start from £550 (ex VAT) per day depending on delegate numbers (course facilitator travel expenses are extra).

Please click here to view the full brochure. 

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