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FREE online learning - values, approaches and activities for people working in prisons

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Values, approaches and activities for people working in prisons

Life inside prison often leaves a great deal to be desired for offenders and staff. Nonetheless, many staff are deeply committed and skilled; many governors and managers are enlightened. Some current activities and programmes for prisoners are genuinely original, inspiring and massively beneficial for offenders' dignity and resettlement and support the running of a humane institution. This FREE online course shows how staff and others working custodial institutions can engage with these aspirations in a practical way, complementing other forms of staff training and learning.

The course is still available, however it is being updated and a NEW version will be available in the autumn of 2019.



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This FREE course charts an unbiased/apolitical, facts-driven path that covers various aspects of prison life; a prisoner’s induction and on-going progress, including education and training, incentives and privileges, literacy, the importance of improving family ties, preparing for resettlement, mental, physical and other challenges, and culminating in five realistic case studies. The course neither presupposes nor relies on prior knowledge and/or experience in the field. It is simple and intuitive to navigate, using a combination of fact-sheets, links to relevant resources, and a “virtual workbook” in which to record one’s own thoughts, questions, follow-ups and feedback.

It has been tried and tested by staff working at various levels and occupations across the prison estate and NOMS (including governors, managers, officers, psychologists, chaplains, librarians, tutors and prison visitors) and meets Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines. A CPD certificate is available to those who have completed the course.  

People doing the course can work on it flexibly and independently, in their own time and at their own pace using any computer with internet access.  The course is password-protected and course work is confidential and not shared.

To register your application for the course, click on the Course Access button above. 


Lemos&Crane have also published detailed guidance based on the Good Prison on PrisonerActionNet. The guidance covers:

  • Courts and sentencing
  • Managing myself
  • Getting sorted
  • Moving on

You can read this detailed practitioner guidance on PrisonerActionNet here

Lemos&Crane projects about prisons and criminal justice

Britten Sinfonia making music with the men and staff of HMP Whitemoor

Curing Violence:How we can become a less violent society

Life Beyond Crime:What do those at risk of offending, prisoners and ex-offenders need to learn

The Good Prison: Conscience, crime and punishment

Working together to improve criminal justice: The Monument Trust Fellowship

Bringing orchestras into prisons and YOIs

Catholic prisoners' experience of Catholic chaplaincy 

Clinks supporting good engagement between the voluntary sector and prisons

PrisonerActionNet: Helping prisoners to manage themselves, get their lives sorted and move on from crime

Lemos&Crane online learning

FREE online learning: Values, approaches and activities for people working in prisons


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