Hidden Sentence training

Find out more about our specialist training for professionals working with prisoners' families


Hidden Sentence is a well known training course developed by Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families, now part of Family Lives, for professionals whose work brings them in contact with prisoners’ families, including children’s centre workers, troubled families workers, school staff, play workers, health visitors, and family intervention teams.

This course gives a clear overview of the issues facing prisoners’ families and provides a range of strategies and resources to help you support them.

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Our experience

We deliver training across the UK to a wide range of professionals working directly and indirectly with prisoners' and offenders' families including prison and probation staff, health professionals, schools and social workers. 

Feedback from delivery of Hidden Sentence to the most recent 60 delegates showed:

• 97% rated it very successful in understanding the impact of imprisonment on prisoners’ families
• 100% rated it very successful in improving their understanding of the prison system and the effect on family
• 98% rated it very successful in understanding the use and importance of knowledge about needs of prisoners’ families

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What does Hidden Sentence offer?

Hidden Sentence will give you a clear overview of an offender’s journey, how this affects their family from what happens on arrest to when they are released from prison. The training includes a range of strategies to help you in your work with families affected.

Our main Hidden Sentence course is suitable for any professionals working in the community and prison setting who work with offenders’ and prisoners’ families in any type of support role.

Who is the traning for?

  • probation and CRC staff
  • teachers and school/nursery staff
  • prison staff
  • health professionals
  • youth and community professionals
  • community and voluntary organisations
  • youth offending teams 

If you would like to find out more about Hidden Sentence, download our Hidden Sentence brochure or contact us to enquire about training