Kids VIP Practitioner Training Programme

This ‘mix and match’ five module programme is designed for prison and probation staff, and other practitioners from the public, voluntary and private sectors, whose remit requires them to have a basic awareness of the issues around children and families visiting people in prison, and how to help prisoners and their families maintain and nurture positive relationships during custody and on release.

MODULE 1: Impact Training - ‘The Impact of Parental Imprisonment on Children’
An introductory session, which focuses on the child's experience of the criminal justice system, indicators of vulnerability, and the prison visiting experience. The module provides two options: for prison based staff and volunteers there is a session on child-centred domestic visits. For probation staff, the session covers impact training, the ‘Think Family’ agenda, and discusses how to include the needs of children in sentence planning. Probation staff will learn how to apply this training to their everyday work.

MODULE 2: Safeguarding Children in the Prison Environment.
Topics include: What is Child Abuse? How does Child Abuse present? Safeguarding (specific to the prison visit), how to use the prison's child protection procedures, and reference to the Every Child Matters Outcomes.

MODULE 3: The Importance of Play.
Topics include: What is Play (and its importance in the prison visit), types of play and stages of children’s development, planning play activities, reflective practice, managing behaviour, and focussing on the needs of older children.

MODULE 4: The Role and Qualities of a Prison-based Play Worker.
This module develops an understanding of the benefits of a play area from the perspective of the child, the visitors and visits staff in a Prison. Students will also analyse the different types of records that should be kept in the prison play environment.

MODULE 5: How to Run a Family Day.
Topics include: How to plan a Family Day, how to consult with staff members and other users, how to develop themed days and how to design activities. Pact Kids VIP have also developed a Family Day Toolkit, and this resource is used in conjunction with the Family Day training. Training is delivered on either a multi-agency basis or for specific staff groups.

All the modules are scheduled to be taught within 2½ – 3 hour sessions

This programme has been awarded Skillsmark endorsement. Skillsmark is the recognised quality mark for learning and development programmes in the Justice and Community Safety sector. It is part of Skills for Justice, the Government licensed Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Justice and Community Safety.

FEES (excluding lunch and venue)

  • £750 per day (any 2 modules), £450 per half day (any 1 module)
  • Minimum 8, Maximum 20 delegates
  • Bespoke training can be arranged, excluding venue but including lunch the delegate rate is £75 per head per day, for a minimum of 10 delegates.