Relationship, parenting and life skills education

Relationship, Parenting And Life Skills Education

Courses in prison and the community

Pact offers a suite of relationship, parenting and family learning courses for delivery in prisons and the community. We challenge, enable and inspire participants to focus on their responsibilities towards their families and to be motivated to live crime free lives. 

Our courses can be commissioned by a prison or education provider, funded by a trust, be part of a specific project either in prisons or the community, or included in the family service provision at a prison. 

Family Literacy in Prisons (FLiP)

The Family Literacy in Prisons (FLiP) course supports parents to play a more active role in developing their children’s literacy using simple, everyday practices. The course was developed in collaboration with Professor Cathy Nutbrown, the UK’s leading academic expert on family learning from the University of Sheffield. We hold the exclusive UK license to deliver FLiP in the justice sector.

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Stronger bonds with their children.
  • A better understanding of the importance of literacy and children’s early development.
  • Improved confidence in parenting skills.

This is a prison-based course run by Pact facilitators trained by the University of Sheffield. It is typically structured around a one-day workshop, followed by a child-centred visit. During the workshop, the parents are introduced to the ORIM framework (Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Modelling). Stages of children’s literacy development are explained and they discuss the importance of their role as parents in contributing to their children’s learning. In the afternoon, parents choose a book that they will gift to each child attending the visit, and discuss the planned activities.At the child-centred visit that follows, parents are able to put into practice the skills they have learned and engage in fun educational activities with their children including:

  • Storytelling
  • Puppet and mask making
  • Painting and drawing
  • Writing and drawing
  • Logo quiz
  • Writing a story together