Our series of publications are for professionals working directly or indirectly with families of offenders and prisoners. All of our publications are free to download. These publications were created by Action for Prisoners' and Offenders' Families which is now part of Family Lives.

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The impact of parental imprisonment on the mental health of children and young people

03 January 2017
A guide for professionals and organisations working with children and young people to raise awareness of the impact on child mental health of the imprisonment of a parent, carer or close family member
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Enhancing Care for Childbearing Women and their Babies in Prison

15 December 2015
A new report: ‘Enhancing Care for Childbearing Women and their Babies in Prison’ launched by Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families, part of Family Lives (APOF) and the Hallam Centre for Community Justice highlights how mothers and babies in prison can often benefit from residing in a supportive Mother and Baby Unit (MBU). 
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Workforce development

13 January 2015
Working with prisoners’ and offenders’ families is an evolving discipline that requires a wide range of skills and knowledge. Research has shown that good quality family contact can both reduce reoffending and improve the health and well-being of family members. Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families (APOF) has consulted widely with managers and workers in its network to identify some of the skills and knowledge needed by this specialist sector.
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Multi-agency working - supporting prisoners' families

21 October 2014
This guidance is based on an event held by Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families on multi-agency working. It is intended to give an overview of multi-agency working, provide examples of good practice, a description of the range of ways that family work can be included in provision and tips on working effectively and sustainably in partnership.
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Quality services: ticking all the boxes

14 October 2014
This briefing paper follows on from an event held by Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families (APOF) in June 2014 on quality assurance mechanisms, measuring offenders’ relationships and demonstrating the impact of services working with families of offenders and prisoners and serves as a guide for professionals and policy makers working with families. APOF Quality Services briefing November 2014 FINAL.pdf
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What can GP surgeries and health centres do - working with prisoners' families

12 March 2013
Guidance for GP surgeries and health centres on the needs of prisoners’ and offenders’ families, and the services and resources which can support them. 
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What can probation do - working with prisoners' families

06 March 2013
If you work in probation, you may already be aware of the needs of prisoners’ and offenders’ families, but you may not be aware of the services which can support them, or the resources available. This briefing sheet is intended to give you that information.
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What can youth and community workers do - working with prisoners' families

06 March 2013
If you work in youth and comminty services, you may already be aware of the needs of prisoners’ and offenders’ families, but you may not be aware of the services which can support them, or the resources available. This briefing sheet is intended to give you that information.
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