VACRO is pleased to offer training to organisations, government departments, individuals and others seeking to learn from our 148 years of experience in the criminal justice system.

Staff at not-for-profits and government departments will often work with people who are in contact with the criminal justice system. Our specialised training equips these teams with the skills, confidence and insights required to best support and work with these individuals and their families.

For more information about specialised training, please contact us.

Resources for workers

We've produced a range of resources for workers supporting people in contact with the criminal justice system, their families, and children. We welcome shared non-commercial use of these resources with acknowledgement.

FORK: An Instrumental Tool for Workers

The Families of Offenders Resource Kit (FORK) is a collection of 18 fact sheets designed to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of the criminal justice system on children and families. It aims to build local service capacity to support ‘at-risk’ children and family members of incarcerated people, and strengthen support to families and communities.

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Supporting Students with Parents in the Criminal Justice System

Teachers and support staff in schools are often the only people a student will talk with about a parent or family member in the criminal justice system. This poster acts as a resource for those teachers and school staff to support students.

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The Transition Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to assist families who will soon be reunited with a family member being released from prison. It has been developed as a tool for professional workers to provide relevant guidance and support to these families.

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Prisoner Legal Issues for Case Managers

This guide provides workers, who may not be legally trained, with a basic ‘step-by-step’ resource guide that prompts the identification and referral of legal issues at the earliest possible stage. It is not intended as legal advice.

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