SHINE for Kids is proud to present our NESA-accredited Supporting Students with a Parent  in Prison – Training for Educators in Cessnock and the Hunter Valley.


Wednesday 9 October 2019 – 9.30am – 3.30pm

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Thursday 10 October 2019 – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Register Here

Venue: East Cessnock Bowling Club, Neath Street, Cessnock


“The greatest resource in Australian schools is our teachers. They account for the vast majority of expenditure in school education and have the greatest impact on student learning, far outweighing the impact of any other education program or policy” (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers)


Although teachers and schools appreciate that they play a critical role in supporting students with a parent in prison the processes, policies and practices for how to do this are vague at best and often non-existent.  Parental incarceration is considered an adverse childhood experience, (ACE), or an experience that may affect children long after the event has occurred. This means that while there may be children in a classroom who are currently contending with a parent’s incarceration, there may also be children who are dealing with the long term implications that can be a result of familial imprisonment or criminal justice involvement. There is an urgent need to upskill teachers because they have had no formal training in their pre-service initial teacher degrees or in-service professional development on how best to support students with a parent in the prison. Teaching and Supporting Children with a Parent in Prison fills that gap by exploring the complex situation that students affected by parental incarceration experience and how it impacts their education. It increases teacher’s confidence to engage and support students and families affected by imprisonment and provides teacher, counsellors and executives with practical resources and support services that are available for students, families and schools.

The Training Course aims to:

  • Give an understanding of the impact of parental incarceration on children and how this affects their education
  • Help staff talk sensitively with children about the issue
  • Provide teachers with tools to navigate the criminal justice system so that they can communicate with and involve imprisoned parents in their children’s education

For more information contact SHINE for Kids on 02 9714 3000 or email [email protected]