Offering a Helping Hand: IPP

Offering a helping hand: IPP sentence support

Offering a Helping Hand is a booklet, published by Spurgeons, which addresses the impact of an IPP sentence (Imprisonment for Public Protection) and other indeterminate sentences on prisoners and their families.

Resources and guidance for families and others supporting people serving an IPP prison sentence 


Offering a Helping Hand is a joint publication by Spurgeons and Southampton Law School and draws on collaborative work and families of those serving IPP sentences carried out by Associate Professor at the Law School, Dr Harry Annison. It is also informed by insights provided by Spurgeons' Invisible Walls team at HMP Winchester. 

What is included in the IPP sentence booklet?   

  • Content that reflects on the feelings that families of people serving IPP sentences may be experiencing
  • Provides links and information about a number of relevant issues and processes
  • Identifies more general sources of information that might be particularly helpful
  • Identifies other ways in which families can get involved and gain IPP support

Implemented in 2005, over 8,000 IPP prison sentences were imposed in total and though this sentence was abolished in 2012 there are currently 3,328 prisoners serving an IPP (including unreleased and recalled) in England and Wales as of June 2020 (MOJ). 

Download our IPP sentence support booklet

Click download to get your copy of the IPP sentence booklet

Further support from the Spurgeons prisons team: