News & Views

In our 'News and Views' section you will find updates about new pieces of information added to our Directories and see the latest news from agencies and policy makers working with children and families of offenders.



Message for Children & Families


At NICCO, we think professionals need to hear your voice so they can give you the support you really need. That is why we have made a blog space on our website for you to share your message for professionals. Our messages for professionals blogs also provide the opportunity for children and families to share their views with practitioners about their experiences and reflections on the services they have received.


We would like to know how your experience made you feel, how it affected your family, what support you received or what you think could have been done better. A written blog must be no more than 500 words, but your submission can be in any format, for example a letter, poem, or picture.

So that we know you’re safe, blogs must be submitted by a professional, such as your support worker, teacher, social worker or probation officer.


If you are working with a child or family member who would like to contribute a message for professionals, please Contact Us to submit an entry. If you are interested in staying up-to-date with NICCO you can sign up to receive our regular email newsletter or follow us on Twitter.



In 2018, Barnardo’s NICCO (National Information Centre for Children of Offenders) was funded by Forces in Mind Trust to conduct a needs assessment of veterans in custody, their families and children.
Monday 10th February 2020, 10-2.30pm at The Studio, Birmingham.
The visitor centre at HMP Featherstone now has has its own website.
Helping to make your Christmas Party the best it can be!
Farmer Review Updates: April 2019 The Third Update Document of the Farmer Review Now Published
The 3rd Families & Significant Others Conference took place on 17th October at the Holiday Inn, Stevenage.
CLINKS announce launch of four Think Family briefings
Booking is now open for the HMPPS 'Families & Significant Others' Conference.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes report that finds 'Irreparable harm caused to children whose mothers are in prison.'
Family Services is the name of a newly branded HMPPS service that includes: Help With Prison Visits, Visits Booking Service, Find A Prisoner & Victim Helpline.
A document has been produced that outlines the HMPPS Families Strategy in HMPs Berwyn, Cardiff, Swansea, Usk and Prescoed as well as National Probation Service in Wales provision.
Lord Farmer leads a debate examining the outcomes and needs of women affected by the Criminal Justice System

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