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Imprisonment

Our guide to the criminal justice system explains the processes of arrest and sentencing, and the different types of imprisonment.

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Families

Having a family member in prison is more commonplace than you might think. For affected families, however, this can feel like a hidden sentence.

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Professionals

Children and families you work with may be affected by imprisonment. Find out how you can support them with sensitivity and confidence.

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Resources & support

There is lots of information, advice and guidance to support those affected by imprisonment. We help you make sense of it all.

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Telling the children

Explaining to a child that a parent or loved-one is in prison can be a difficult and harrowing process. We offer advice on how best to do this.

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The Unite Programme

Ormiston Families' Unite Programme is about supporting children and families affected by offending to maintain positive ties.

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