Barnardo’s provides a range of training programmes to raise practitioners’ awareness about the impact of parental offending and develop practical skills and knowledge about how to support children and families. All of our training utilises a mixture of taught material, group-activities, film and desk-based activities to engage all learning styles and we ensure that the voices of children and young people are reflected throughout.

As well as providing bespoke workshops to meet the needs of your particular staff group, Barnardo's also deliver a rolling programme of training events, both in the community and in prison-settings. Visit to view the training programme or contact us to discuss bespoke training.

Workshop Comments

Barnardo’s delivers a range of courses, including bespoke workshops for your organisation. Regular workshops include:


Hidden Sentence Training

Often delivered from inside a prison, this full-day training (originally developed by Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families) provides an overview of the impact of parental offending on children and families. Where it is delivered in a prison, participants have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of a parent or child visiting a loved one in prison and experience what prison visits involve.


Understanding the impact of a parental offending

This 2 hour awareness raising session provides an introduction into the needs of children affected by family member offending, including an overview of the most recent research, policy and practice. The workshop includes a film made by a parent speaking about the impact of her partner’s imprisonment on their son.


Supporting children and families affected by offending: a practice workshop

A follow-on to the Hidden Sentence training, this workshop for frontline community based practitioners, provides practical guidance on how to support the children and families of offenders.


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