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


Who We Are & What We Do

Safe Ground challenges people and communities to do relationships differently.

Through drama, dialogue, and debate, we enhance empathy and encourage expression, developing self-awareness and promoting social justice.

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

We are absolutely committed to:

  • Reducing the stigma faced by the families of people in prison
  • Improving access to and diversity of educational activities in prisons
  • Creating alternatives to traditional punishment and exclusion, proven to be so ineffective

We work in partnership and collaboration with a broad range of organisations and are constantly evolving.



I am pleased to have the opportunity to write this foreword to the joint National Offender Management / Safe Ground Family Man revised programme.

The programme shows that joint working between the voluntary sector and statutory agencies can produce new and innovative approaches aimed, in this case, at hard to reach groups.

Why am I pleased to have the opportunity to write this foreword? The answer lies in a number of factors. The Family Man programme aims to motivate prisoners, many of whom have poor or non-existent education histories, to learn whilst encouraging them to face up to and consider their responsibilities. We know that having a job is a strong factor in preventing future offending. We also know that a basic level of numeracy and literacy is essential to have any chance of success in today’s job market. It is for these reasons that motivation to learn is so important. But how learning is delivered, at least to some prisoners who have failed to succeed whilst at school, is also important and the programme recognises that a number of prisoners need an alternative approach to traditional classroom based teaching.

The other major aspect of the programme is that it encourages a strengthening of family relationships and aims to involve families in supporting prisoners – whilst encouraging prisoners to recognise their responsibilities to families. For some prisoners strengthening or creating family bonds can have a significantly positive affect in how they lead their lives on release.

I look forward to seeing positive results from the revised programme.

Michael Spurr

October 2010

Chief Executive Officer

National Offender Management Service

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