Directory of Resources

The NICCO Directory of Resources provides details of the huge number of tools, activities, practice models and guidance that have been developed by agencies to support offenders and their children and families.

Whether you are working directly with children, supporting offenders to maintain parental contact, helping a parent to prepare their child for a prison visit or simply want to develop your own understanding of the criminal justice system, this directory provides you with a range of resources to support and inform your work.

To support working with Children

Find activities, books, films, sound bites and worksheets to support your work with children and young people. View

Offenders and Families

Find information, books, tools, activities and programmes to support your work with offenders and their partners or family members. View

To support Professional's Practice

Find delivery models, case studies, local and national policies and guidlines, practice guides, briefings and resources for professional learning and development. View

217. Frequently Asked Questions

  Can you add me to the mailing list? If you are not a NICCO member, please sign up for free to receive our e-newsletter and other mail-outs.   I cannot find what I am looking for on the website; can I speak to a NICCO member of staff? If you cannot find what you are looking for on the website but your query is relevant to children and families affected by offending, please contact us and someone will do their best to assist you.   Can I add some...

218. Information for Courts and Police

There are an estimated 200,000 children affected by parental imprisonment each year and hundreds more will suffer the impact of a parents' involvement with the police and go through courts processes. It is important that the police force and courts staff have an awareness of how to help families maintain ties as a means to reducing reoffending and intergenerational offending as well as for the wellbeing of innocent children and families. NICCO’s briefings for...

219. YouTube Video: #wearethegoldenthread

In order to raise awareness amongst prisoners’ families of the Farmer Review, and as a response its recommendations, POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group) asked children and their families from across the North-West to send in a postcard and tell them: What they miss? What family means to them? What would be their one wish?   The families’ responses were woven into a short film entitled ‘#WearetheGoldenThread’ to continue the cycle...

220. Information for CRCs and Probation

There are an estimated 200,000 children affected by parental imprisonment each year and hundreds more will suffer the impact of a parents' involvement in other parts of the Criminal Justice System (CJS). It is important that professionals working for Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and the National Probation Service (NPS) have an awareness of the impact of offending on children and families, and are able to provide family-based support to offenders and their families in order...

221. Information for Early Years Professionals

There are an estimated 200,000 children affected by parental imprisonment each year. Considering the significant younger prison population, it is likely a lot of these children will be under five. Given this and also the vast evidence around the importance of children developing strong and secure parental relationships in their early years, it is essential that early years professionals and settings understand and know how to respond to these families’ needs. With early years...

222. Information for Education Professionals

There are an estimated 200,000 children affected by parental imprisonment each year. Twenty-five percent of these children are at higher risk of mental ill health, and they often face stigma and isolation as well a range of associated poorer outcomes. Given this, that there is no routine identification of who these children are, and that 7% of children, will experience the imprisonment of their father during their school years, it is essential that education professionals and settings...

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