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.



Barnardo's NICCO represented at pan-European conference.
This is a blog from an OSG (Operational Support Grade) who works in a busy, city centre, local prison.
As part of our focus month on training, here is a review of Barnardo’s CAPO Training Provison by Service Manager Polly Wright
This is part two of a blog by a brave young man called Zach, who describes his experiences when his Dad was in prison
This is part one of a blog by a brave young man called Zach, who describes his experiences when his Dad was in prison
During the month of May, NICCO will be highlighting our training provision.
NICCO is the updated version of the well-established Barnardo's i-HOP knowledge hub.
The Council of Europe has detailed new policy guidelines aimed at safeguarding the rights and interests of children of imprisoned parents.
As part of our continuing focus this month on mothers in prison, here are links to some of our most popular guides and studies on issues around maternal imprisonment.
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

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The Centre is delivered by Barnardo’s in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).
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