Supporting Young Offenders who Hear Voices or See Visions

June 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (Annex Room)
17-25 New Inn Yard
London EC2A 3EA
020 7911 0822

Q: If a young offender told you that they were hearing voices or seeing visions, and they wanted to talk with you about it, would you know what to say or do?

Q: Would you like to learn how to open up conversations with young offenders who hear voices or see visions, and learn practical coping strategies to help those in distress?

According to the MoJ, 25% of women and 15% of men in prison hear voices, see visions, or have other unusual sensory experiences. Among young offenders, this figure is likely to be much higher.

Whilst some young offenders find their voices or visions comforting or reassuring, especially if they have experienced abuse, trauma or adversity, others can find them overwhelming or distressing. Such distress can lead young offenders to self-harm, use alcohol/drugs or isolate themselves, however, with support they can and do recover.

About this workshop:

This innovative 1-day workshop is brought to you by Voice Collective at Mind in Camden. Founded in lived experience, and the work of our prisons and detention projects, this workshop will present a fresh approach to voice hearing. Provding an introduction to the Hearing Voices Network ethos and approach to voice hearing, it will equip participants with increased understanding, skills and confidence to open up conversations with young offenders about their experiences, and provide support to those in distress.

Subjects include:

  • What it feels like to hear voices as a young person aged 13-20 in a Secure Children’s Home, Secure Training Centre or Young Offender Institution
  • The impact this can have on a young person in a SCH/STC/YOI, and after they have left
  • Different ways of opening up conversations with young offenders about voices, helping them to feel heard & supported
  • Simple and effective coping strategies suitable for use in secure settings
  • Positive stories of recovery and resilience

This course is suitable for anyone working with young people aged 13-20 in SCHs/STCs/YOIs, or with young offenders after release. It is suitable for professionals at all levels of experience, and we can accept workers from the voluntary as well as statutory sector.

Essential information:

    • This course is open to people who support and/or work with children and young people (in a variety of settings, including the home). If you do not currently support or work with children and young people, we may not be able to accept your booking. Please contact us to find out if we have any spare waiting list places available.
    • We cannot accept group bookings – each attendee must register themselves and provide their contact details in case of emergencies.
    • As our courses are often oversubscribed, please book your place only if you are confident you are able to attend for the full day.
    • If you are unable to make the course, please cancel your place as early as possible to avoid spaces going to waste, by emailing

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