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

259. Government response to Human Rights Committee.

The Government have published a document in response to the findings of the Joint Committee on Human Rights report 'The right to family life: children whose mothers are in prison'

260. Strengthening Family Relations Strategy (NI)

The Northen Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) has launched the Strengthening Family Relations Strategy Document. Launching the strategy, Ronnie Armour, the NIPS Director General said: “Children must not be punished as a result of a parent being imprisoned. The new facilities will encourage more meaningful visits and I welcome the wider Strategy that recognises the importance of better family links. Positive and stable family relationships are directly linked to less re-offending,...

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261. Visitor Centre Website at HMP Featherstone

The visitor centre at HMP Featherstone has its own website. Darren Johnson, the Head of Reducing Re-offending explains how it came about. ‘Our visits centre is owned on lease from Featherstone Prison to the John Sandy Trust, our incumbent family service provider is Barnardo’s and in discussion we agreed that the regulated official website for Featherstone prison was very limited in its communication and advertising of the visits centre when families were accessing the site...

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262. Barnardo's Invisible Walls Accord Resource Toolkit

Working closely with children, young people, parents, schools, community support and the prison estate across south Wales, the Invisible Walls Accord Service Toolkit has been developed to: • Increase the confidence of teaching and support staff to recognise and support families affected by parental imprisonment • Provide resources for enabling effective support via a whole-school approach, to promote citizenship and the creation of an environment where differences are embraced...

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263. Letter to Families from HMPPS

This letter from the Director General of the Prison Service gives an update on the COVID-19 situation within prisons.

264. 'Offering A Helping Hand' Resources and guidance for families and others supporting people serving IPP

“Offering a Helping Hand” is a collaboration between Spurgeons and Southampton Law School. The booklet has been created for relatives of people serving an Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection (IPP) in England and Wales, and other people supporting them. The booklet can be accessed via the link below:

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