This course is adapted from our Building Stronger Families course which is approved by the Ministry of Justice as an effective regime intervention. By the end of this course participants will:

  • Be able to strengthen their communication skills in the context of a prison sentence and beyond.
  • Have a better understanding of each other’s needs and how they can be met.
  • Learn to identify styles of anger and gain some self-awareness of their own style of anger and healthy ways of expressing it.
  • Improve the chance of the young person returning to the family home upon release, reducing the likelihood of re-offending.

This is a prison-based course totalling 12 hours, which is typically spread over a two or four day period. The parent, carer, guardian or adult comes into the prison to participate. Other vital elements include having lunch together and providing a mix of plenary group work whilst also encouraging one-to-one conversation within the session.

Modules include:

  • Conversation skills
  • *STOP signs (Scoring Points, Thinking the Worst, Opting Out, Putting Down)
  • Anger styles
  • Conflict resolutionLove Languages
  • Forgiveness 

Building Bridges is a vital part of rehabilitation for the young people. If they are going to make a change in their lives, they first need to see that relationships have the possibility of changing

Quote from a YOT worker 

Quality Standards

This course has official endorsement and accreditation under the SFJ Awards ALP* quality assurance framework (*Accrediting Learning Professionally). It is an adapted version of the Building Stronger Families course and therefore uses PREP methodology (see Building Stronger Families information sheet) and draws on 30 years of research in relationship education.