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.



Lucy Baldwin is a Senior lecturer in Criminology based in the Community & Criminal Justice Division, located within the Health and Life Sciences faculty of De Montfort University.
We recently spoke with two Mothers who are currently in custody, Lisa is 37 and is coming towards the end of her sentence and Louise, 36 and has only recently been sentenced
We are happy to support the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) which is currently engaged in a major three-year Transforming Lives programme
Polly Wright, Children’s Services Manager for Barnardo’s, has announced the launch of a revised i-HOP web site.
During March we will be featuring articles, interviews and blogs on the subject of maternal imprisonment and the impact on families.
A major piece of research describing the implications of maternal imprisonment on children has been published.
Black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups continue to be over represented within the prison population. In 2017 over a quarter of prisoners were from a minority ethnic group (MoJ).
A new handbook designed to help children deal with and understand the imprisonment of a loved one has been published by Pact.
Barnardo's 'Children Affected by Parental Offending' (CAPO) delivers its first international training session for professionals
Barnardo's Essex Children Affected by Parental Imprisonment (CAPI) Service has just released the evaluation paper from their conference: 'Hidden cost on Offender Families'.
Over the last few weeks there have been a number of articles published in the media highlighting serious concerns in the prison service.
Today (2 October 2017) is the roll out day for new HMPPS Children and Family provider contracts across England and Wales

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