Family support

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Are you or your family finding it hard to cope?

Like to improve your family relationships?

Interested in support to become a better parent?

Would you like support to prepare for release?

The Nepacs family support service, funded by the Big Lottery, aims to ensure that prisoners and their families:

  • can access support, to enable family ties to be re-established or sustained throughout a prison sentence

  • gain more and faster access to support within the community

  • are known to local authority services when a parent is imprisoned, thus ensuring early intervention, which can help prevent greater problems later on

  • can access all of the local resources to which they are entitled

  • work together to decrease the chance of intergenerational crime.

We have family support workers in HMP Holme House, HMP&YOI Kirklevington Grange, HMYOI Deerbolt and will soon expand the service into HMP Durham, HMP Northumberland and HMP&YOI Low Newton, where we also have a family engagement worker (FEW), through out PFSA partnership.

Our family support service managers are working to facilitate a joined-up, multi-agency approach to working with the children and families of prisoners, and provide links between services from a wide range of agencies, including Integrated Offender Management services, Children's Centres, the voluntary sector, and prison-based family support. Find out more about their work with agencies across the north east here.

Hidden Sentence Training

For professionals working in the north east with children and families who may have been impacted by imprisonment we also offer a one day training course,  designed by Action for Prisoners' Families (APF), called Hidden Sentence training.

Nepacs can also deliver Hidden Sentence awareness raising sessions (2.5 hours) if required or tailor the training to meet your organisational needs.

Find out more about our Hidden Sentence training HERE or contact Angela Donaghy on adonaghy@nepacs.co.uk or  telephone 0191 332 3810.