Safe Ground - Using drama to educate prisoners and young people at risk in the community


Who We Are & What We Do


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This document will give you an overview of who we are, what we do and our history, impact and evidence so far. Please get in touch if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions to discuss with us.


Safe Ground challenges people and communities to do relationships differently. We use ‘do’ relationships because we believe relationships to be active, alive and participatory. We are ‘doing’ them all the time. Our work is about the consciousness and awareness we all bring to our relationships- with ourselves, with others and with systems. We use a range of arts, therapeutic and group work methods to reflect, analyse and really consider how we are in the world and how we each carry the world in us.

We use drama, dialogue and debate, along with a lot of group dynamics and processes and we expect a lot of our participants. We support often large groups to enhance empathy and encourage expression, developing self-awareness and promoting social justice.

Safe Ground is a small team with a national reach and influence.

We are absolutely committed to:

  • Creating alternatives to traditional punishment and exclusion, proven to be so ineffective
  • Reducing the stigma faced by the families of people in prison
  • Improving access to and diversity of educational activities for those people that are in prisons. We realise that for many people, prison can be a place where access to support, resources and educational achievement may begin.

Safe Ground is 25 years old!

Family Man and Fathers Inside were the first and for a long time, only, family relationships programmes designed for and delivered in UK prisons. Since we started this work, family ties has become an enormous field of research, delivery and service design, all of which is extremely important. It means that family members should be well supported, well informed and well equipped to cope with the pressures, difficulties and costs of having someone in prison. We know that is yet to be true and that for anyone who has someone in prison, the impact continues to be extremely challenging, no matter how much increased attention is paid in policy terms. People in prison face significant barriers to continuing, sustaining and improving family relationships and so we continue to design and deliver work we think can help both those inside and those at home.

Our work has expanded greatly over the last 25 years and the document above gives a good idea of what we do and have done apart from Family Man and Fathers Inside. Our arts work and our events have been a big part of our development, as has our continued interest in research and evidence. We are proud of our partnerships and the ways in which we have been able to respond to and pre-empt policy, practice and social changes over the years. For more about our history, please see the timeline below or look around the website according to your particular interest.


“Give a Book has worked with Safe Ground since 2014 on their Fathers Inside and Father Figures programmes.


Safe Ground programmes tap into imagination, group spirit, and personal strength; participants learn to listen, trust and– perhaps for the first time– take pride. Using the power of drama family relationships are strengthened, participants experience empathy while learning to communicate honestly and ethically. Powerful presentations to family, staff and outside agencies show lives turned around, connections made, family relationships improved and even jobs found.”


Victoria Grey

Executive Director

Give a Book


Our interactive Annual Review for 2020/21 is now available to download.

Please click on the image below to view the document in PDF  format.



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