Hidden Sentence training

...because families serve sentences too


  • Are you interested in reducing reoffending?

  • Are you working with children and families in the community?

  • Does your work include improving outcomes for children or families?

Hidden Sentence training is for any employees or volunteers whose work brings them into contact with families of prisoners, including health professionals, probation/CRC staff, school staff, child care providers, social workers, youth workers, play workers, local authority staff or community/voluntary workers.

This one-day training course (designed by Action for Prisoners and Offenders Families) will give you a clear overview of the offender's journey, its impact on the family from arrest to release, and a range of strategies and resources to help you support them in your work.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the impact of imprisonment on prisoners' families

  • Improve understanding of the current criminal justice system and the offenders’ journey

  • Understand the support needs of prisoners' families

  • Understand the needs and wishes of prisoners' families

  • Understand how to improve the coordination of services to provide more effective support for those affected by the imprisonment of a family member

  • Understand how to improve own practice in supporting prisoners' families.

What people said

"Excellent, interesting, memorable. One of best training sessions I have attended."

"Very helpful to look at the impact of the custodial sentence on the wider family"

"Super training, thank you"

"Excellent and knowledgeable delivery"

Current training dates in the north east

We are currently offering places on one day Hidden Sentence training courses (9.30am to 4.30pm) as follows:

- Wednesday 23 May 2018 - Newcastle

Book and pay for your place by end of April 2018 for a reduced cost of £35+vat (after that date cost will be £50+vat). 

Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds. Should you be unable to attend, please inform us at least 7 days prior to your course and we may be able to move you to an alternative date. 

Commissioned courses by Durham County Council

- Wednesday 3 October 2018 - Durham
- Monday 12 November 2018 - Durham 

These one day courses are being held for professionals whose work in the community of County Durham brings them into contact with families of prisoners, including health, education, local authority, probation or community/voluntary workers. Both courses are from 9.30am to 4.30pm. 

To book onto the training please e-mail training@nepacs.co.uk or call 0191 332 3810 with your name, organisation name & address, job role and which session you wish to attend. 

Full details will be passed onto delegates (location) once booking confirmation has been processed. 

*Please be advised that prior booking for the commissioned courses is paramount. Delegates who arrive on the day without prior booking will not be allowed to undertake the training. 

Find out more

For further information please download our Hidden Sentence leaflet.

We are also able to offer a four-hour training course, tailored to your needs, or a 2.5-hour taster session. Please get in touch for a quote!

If you would like to find out more or make a booking, please contact the training department on 0191 3323810 or email training@nepacs.co.uk