Children of Prisoners- School Support Programme “Impact of family member imprisonment: What can schools do? PRIMARY SCHOOLS ONLY
Event Code
SCB/21/0171dd
Venue
Virtual Learning, .
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Trainers
To be confirmed
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Target Audiences
Deputy / Assistant Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Headteacher (New), Headteacher (Primary), Headteacher (Secondary), Headteacher (Special), Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
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Child Protection
Event description
When a parent or significant family member goes to prison the children left behind can feel traumatised and experience feelings of loss, anger, fear, confusion. The shame and secrecy surrounding parental imprisonment/offending behaviour leaves children feeling isolated and serving a hidden sentence themselves without dedicated support to help them sort through these feelings. Consequently, research has shown that the life outcomes of children with a parent in prison are worse than that of Looked After Children. (Barnardos, Every Night I Cry 2009)This includes lower school attainment.
It is estimated that Imprisonment affects 312,000 children in England and Wales each year. We can then safely assume that all schools will have registered pupils who are affected by the imprisonment of a close family member and in many cases, schools may not be aware who these pupils are. It is also true to say that school staff often feel unsure how to approach the subject when they do become aware. We believe that schools are in a unique position to aid these children and their families as school is quite often the place where children feel safest and more willing to express a concern.
This training programme has been designed to help school communities raise their awareness of the impact of imprisonment in order to help children and their families affected, speak out and access the support they need.
The training package seeks to provide school staff with the information, resources and tools required to improve the emotional wellbeing of children affected by imprisonment.

Two staff members per school may sign up for the training programme on 13/10/21.
One of the previous two attendees should also sign up for the Consultation Session on 12/11/21.
Training objectives
The aim of the workshop and consultation session is to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils with a parent or sibling in prison by:

• Improving school staff awareness, understanding, skills and confidence in supporting pupils impacted by parental/sibling imprisonment.
• Supporting key staff taking part in the programme to become ‘named leads for children of prisoners, share knowledge with their school staff team and develop an action plan to foster a school environment that will allow prisoner families to come forward for support.
• Providing each school taking part in the programme with an online resource pack to help them work directly with children and signpost to supportive agencies as appropriate


• Understand and appreciate of the emotional and practical needs of children of prisoners

• Understand and appreciate each stage of the offender/family journey through the CJS and its impact on children.


• Understand the specific needs of Black, Asian and ethnic minority children impacted by imprisonment
Learning outcomes
By the end of the training programme participants will:

• Understand and appreciate of the emotional and practical needs of children of prisoners

• Understand and appreciate each stage of the offender/family journey through the CJS and its impact on children.


• Understand the specific needs of Black, Asian and ethnic minority children impacted by imprisonment.

• Consider the impact and specific needs of children coping with parental/family member imprisonment during the COVID 19 Pandemic


• Appreciate the specific needs of the families of sex offenders and Foreign Nationals

• Understand what teaching staff can do to help maintain parent/child relationships and build child resilience.


• Be confident in locating and using available tools and resources to support pupils.

• Use resources to develop a school action plan to support children and families of prisoners.
Additional Information
This training programme is suitable for :
• Primary school SENCO’s/Inclusion Officers
• Primary school Designated Safeguarding Leads
• Primary school ELSA’s
• Head Teachers
• Deputy Head Teachers
Enquiries
Start Date
Wednesday 13 October 2021
End Date
Friday 12 November 2021
Closing Date
Sunday 10 October 2021
Times
09:30 - 12:30
Maximum Places
10 
Cost
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Number of Sessions
Sessions
Venue
 Virtual Learning, .
Trainers
 To be confirmed
Start Date
Wednesday 13 October 2021
Times
 09:30 - 12:30
Notes
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Venue
 Virtual Learning, .
Trainers
 To be confirmed
Start Date
Friday 12 November 2021
Times
 09:30 - 11:00
Notes