Involve, Improve, Inspire: A Prisoner Learner Voice Toolkit

Published: Jul 2013

Nina Champion, Jose Aguiar

The toolkit gives many examples of how prisons can involve people in learning, such as allowing prisoners to vote for a representative to sit on student forums or councils, raise issues with senior staff members and help promote education among peers. Becoming responsible for and taking part in such activities develops skills in public speaking, decision-making and project management; all of which can help people resettle back into their lives after release.

This approach is beneficial for prisons as well as individuals, by involving prisoners and ex-prisoners, prisons and community providers are better equipped to remove barriers to learning and improve the quality of education and training opportunities.