Ongoing training from September 2015 to June 2017

One Small Thing has run training events on trauma-informed practice since September 2015 for those working in prisons and in women’s community service providers.

There is a growing awareness of the importance of applying a trauma-informed approach to everyday practice with women in criminal justice. Becoming trauma-informed provides a greater understanding of the behaviours that often occur from a history of trauma, allowing for the development of new skills for staff when responding to these behaviours. Trauma-informed practice leads to better outcomes for the women themselves, reduced conflict and makes the workplace safer for staff.

Working with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), One Small Thing brought the renowned US expert, Dr Stephanie Covington, to the UK in September 2015 to deliver a series of workshops for staff at every level across all the female prisons and community providers in England and Scotland. This builds on Stephanie’s ground-breaking visit last year.

The training materials Stephanie Covington used during her visit are free to download from this website.

National events in September 2015

A two-day event on 7 and 8 September in London was hosted by Michael Spurr, Chief Executive Officer of NOMS.

  • Day One (7 September), for leaders, policymakers and other officials
  • Day Two (8 September) for trainers

Prison-based events

September 2015

Ten workshops across the female prison estate in England and Scotland involved:

  • A morning workshop for staff in women’s prisons
  • An afternoon presentation for staff in women’s centres and other community providers

These workshops addressed the negative impact of trauma on physical and mental health, and explored strategies for building safer prisons and community settings for both staff and the women.

May and October 2016

Last year in May and October we held two follow-up days for prison staff who had the opportunity to report back on the trauma informed practices they had implemented since September.

Two events: prison-based and workshops with women’s community service providers

May and October 2016

We held a a follow up day for prison staff, and a training event in May 2016 for women’s community service providers. In October, we held a follow up day for those working with women in the community and another follow up day for staff working in the women’s custodial estate.

June 2017

Working with HMPPS, this year we held a series of events. For the first time we delivered training in the male high secure estate; we held a follow up day for those working in the women’s custodial estate; a half-day headlines training; and a further follow up day for those who  attended previous prison training, as an opportunity to update us all on their trauma informed work, and how they have implemented the core values in their prisons. The follow up day for HMPPS staff was held at the Roof Gardens in Kensington – a suitable venue to celebrate all the work put in over the past couple of years.

We also ran another training day for those working with women in the community.

All the materials that Dr Stephanie Covington has used are available to download from the Training materials section on the website.