Hidden Sentence Training
Hidden Sentence is a short course for professionals who work with families, giving them an overview of the issues facing prisoners' families who are affected by the criminal justice system and a range of strategies and resources to help support them.
At Spurgeons, we know that prisoners' family serve their own hidden sentence when a family member is sent to prison. It can be hard to find support for a variety of reasons.
It can impact families' financial, practical and emotional well-being, negatively influencing their contact and relationships during and after imprisonment.
Hidden sentence: learning objectives:
- Consider the current context and the families' journey through the criminal justice system
- Explore the impact of imprisonment and separation on families, children and society
- Consider the needs and wishes of individual families and reflect on how the insight gained will affect your practice
- Consider how these might be addressed through partnership work with statutory/voluntary provision and support resources available
Because families serve a hidden sentence too
The Lord Farmer review (2017) 'The Importance of Strengthening Prisoners' Family Ties to Prevent Reoffending and Reduce Intergenerational Crime' highlighted the need to understand and respect ''the roles families can play in boosting rehabilitation'' and that ''consistently good family work, which brings men face-to-face with their enduring responsibilities, is indispensable.''
Further training - Down the Line
This training is designed to assist professionals to explore further the journey taken by families through the criminal justice system when a family member is imprisoned. The session looks in depth at two different family case studies which highlight the following areas
- Changes in family responsibilities and children becoming young carers
- Intergenerational cycles of offending
- Safeguarding and child protection concerns
This has been designed specifically as a training tool for multi-agency professionals who work directly with families and aims to highlight the importance of challenging personal views and misconceptions to effectively support families in need.
- To increase awareness of the support needs of families affected by imprisonment
- To explore personal views/responses and preconceptions and consider how these might affect practice
- To help break down the stigma surrounding imprisonment by enabling open and honest debate and discussion
- To empower those working with children and families to work collaboratively and improve joint practice
- To enable you to create an action plan to implement and improve practice within your organisation