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Read about our latest training courses here

Our professional and experienced trainers deliver a range of courses including:

Hidden Sentence Training                                                       
Increases awareness of issues facing prisoners’ families and identifies ways to support them.

Working with Families of Sex Offenders                     
Raises awareness of the issues facing sex offenders’ families.

Understanding the Criminal Justice System
Explains the process from arrest through to release and resettlement

Work with Parents Levels 3 and 4                      
Equips practitioners with knowledge and practical skills to work effectively with parents and families

Asking Difficult Questions
Gives practitioners confidence and skills to begin conversations with families about difficult issues such as domestic violence, imprisonment and substance misuse.

Communicating with Speakers of Other Languages
Practical tips on how to communicate effectively with people who have limited English.

Techniques on how to diffuse challenging behaviour before it becomes aggressive.

Supporting Families at Court
An introduction to the court process and how to support families during a trial.

For more details on any of these courses or to organise your own training day, please contact Sam Hart on









Our family support pages give resources and advice for many of the problems that are often reported by families.

Below are a number of resources designed for workers or volunteers who would like more support in their work with prisoners’ families

Help for Families and Friends of Someone in Prison

A resource from the Quakers about some of the issues facing families

Information for Practitioners

A series of briefings for a range of professionals working with prisoners’ families.


Please call our First Stop Advice Line  01273 499843 for guidance, advice and resources to support families. Fridays from 10-4.


To contact Sam, Rachelle or Denis at Sussex Prisoners’ Families: Email us here

Registered office, St.Richards Community Centre, Egmont Road, Brighton BN3 7FP 01273 499843

Sussex Children and Families of Prisoners is a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee. Company number 8631063.