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Coram Children's Legal Centre

Location: Colchester 

Coram Children's Legal Centre, part of the Coram group of charities, specialises in law and policy affecting children and young people. Provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as international consultancy on child law and children's rights.

Open: Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

(Child law advice line: 0808 8020 008 - Monday to Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm)

Referral Details: Self Referral via Telephone

Access and Facilities: Disabled Access and Accessible Parking

Cost: Contact for details

  • Coram Children's Legal Centre
    Riverside Office Centre
    Century House North, North Station Road
    CO1 1RE

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Greater Manchester Police

Location: Manchester 

We police the Greater Manchester county which covers 500 square miles and covers the ten metropolitan boroughs.
For general enquiries contact the number listed below. In the event of an emergency you should contact 999 and for none urgent calls dial 101.

Open: Contact for details

Referral Details: Self Referral - No appointment

Cost: None

Age ranges: All Ages

  • Central Park
    Northampton Road
    Off Oldham Road
    M40 5BP

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Police Child Protection

Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne 

Child protection investigation unit for young people and families who suffer abuse.

Open: Monday to Friday 7.00am - 8.00pm

Referral Details: Self Referral, Drop-In, Telephone or By E-Mail

Facilities: CCTV, Disabled Access and Accessible Parking

Cost: None

Age ranges: Any age

  • Police Protection Investigation Unit
    Police Station
    Manchester Road
    OL7 0BQ

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Tameside Probation

Location: Ashton 

Tameside Probation District is one of 10 districts which make up Greater Manchester Probation Trust (GMPT). They work with people aged 18 years and over who have been sentenced by the courts to community orders or who are serving their licence period in the community following a prison sentence. They provide reports to sentencers for the Tameside magistrates court, as well as providing reports for other magistrates courts and crown courts.

Tameside Probation District has a key role locally to reduce re-offending and ensure the safe and effective management of offenders in the Tameside area. They work alongside other on mind justice agencies such as:

  • The Police
  • The Courts
  • The CPS

and other partnership agencies in Tameside, such as:

  • The local Authority
  • Housing Trust
  • Businesses
  • and Victim Support

Open: Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm

Referral Details: Sentence of The Court

Cost: Contact for Details

Age: 18 Years and Over

  • Francis Thompson Drive, Ashton-under-Lyne

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Victim Support

Location: Ashton-Under-Lyne 

Offer emotional and practical support to victims of crime and their families and friends.

The witness service at Tameside Magistrates Court provides support to witnesses and their families and friends.

National Helpline Number Is: 0845 30 30 900

Open: Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Referral Details: Self Referral, Drop In or by Telephone

Access and Facilities: Disabled Access

Cost: None

Age ranges: All Ages

  • TMBC
    Wellington Road
    OL6 6DL

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Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

Location: London 

The aim of the Youth Justice Board is to prevent offending by children and young people. It delivers this by: -

  • preventing crime and the fear of crime
  • identifying and dealing with young offenders - reducing reoffending


Open: Contact for Details

Referral Details: Self Referral - No appointment

Access and Facilities: General amenities

Cost: None

Age ranges: 0-21 years

  • 11 Carteret Street
    SW1H 9DL

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Youth Offending Team

Location: Ashton 

The Tameside Youth Offending Team works with young people, their families and colleagues in other agencies to prevent offending and to provide opportunities for change where a young person has begun to offend. 
The team and its staff work with young people to balance the individuals needs (and seeking solutions) with the risks that their behaviour is to themselves, to their peers and to members of the public.

Open: Monday - Wednesday 8:30 - 5:00, Thursday 8:30 - 4:30 and Friday 8:30 - 4:00

Referral Details: 

Access and Facilities: Disabled access and accessible parking

Cost: None

Age ranges: 10-18 years

  • 31 Stamford Street
    OL6 7PT

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Action for Prisoners Families

Location: Hertfordshire 

A national membership organisation for those interested in the well being of prisoners' families.  The organisation works to provide the support that families may need and reduce the negative impact that imprisonment generates by:-

  • Producing publications and resources for prisoners' families
  • Providing advice, information and training to its members
  • Providing its members with the opportunity to network to share experiences, concerns and successes
  • Listening to prisoners' families working with them to improve services provided
  • Lobbying for improved structures, procedures, conditions and services that affect thew well-being of prisoners' families
  • Raising awareness to improve condition and reduce stigma


The organisation believes that:-

  • Imprisonment damages family life and separates children from parents
  • Every prisoner's family should get the support they would like and need

The organisation has development officers who are based around England and Wales who can provide practitioners advice and support on setting up support groups, family friendly prison visits and information around working with families of prisoners.

The organisation is also linked with POPS in Manchester and Open Hands

Open:  Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm (Prisoners' Family Helpline: 0808 808 2003)

Referral Method: Self Referral

Age Range: Any age

If you would like more information about this service then please contact them on the number provided.

  • 15-17 The Broadway
    AL9 5HZ

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Out There - Supporting Families of Prisoners

Background to Out There
Out There is a charity established in 2006 to support families of prisoners across Greater Manchester. We are based in Old Trafford (but work throughout Greater Manchester) and offer free and confidential support to families or individuals who are affected by the imprisonment of a family member. The support each family needs varies.
The sort of help we can offer includes:
  • Information and Advice.
  • Face to Face and/or Phone Support.
  • Referral, support and advocacy to access other organisations e.g Welfare Advice.
  • Opportunities to meet other families going through a similar experience
  • Act as an intermediary with the prison service and accompany to prison visits
  • Offer families opportunities to attend our Family Days, Wellbeing Sessions, Relaxation and Yoga mornings, peer support groups and Family Forums (which gives clients an opportunity to speak and ask questions directly to Manchester Prison Governor and Health staff)
  • Continued support for families for up to 6 month post release
Our Aims are:
  • To support families of prisoners in Greater Manchester from arrest to release
  • To reduce the isolation experienced by families of prisoners
  • To maintain family ties and contribute to decreasing reoffending
  • To increase family knowledge of prisons and other services
  • To increase awareness in the wider community of the issues affecting families
  • Contact: Katy Winter
  • Telephone: 0161 232 8986

Partners of Prisoners POPS

​Based in Manchester, our work has expanded over time to include the national i-HOP service (in partnership with Barnardo’s) and multiple projects across the North-West and Yorkshire and Humberside. We have Family Support Workers attached to a variety of prison, probation and youth offending initiatives as well as running ten prison visitor centres, all with the aim of empowering families through the provision of timely information and targeted support. In our early years we were particularly active in promoting the needs of Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) families and we continue to be committed to the development of support services which tackle the barriers faced by diverse communities to improve social inclusion.


Gangsline is a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to provide help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture.  We work with individuals from the deprived parts of our communities and with deeply entrenched social, educational, spiritual and family issues.  Central to our ethos and success is a proactive, spiritual and non-enforcement led approach to gangs, and the gang violence embedded our local communities. Please download the booklet below for more information.


The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) is a rights based charity which operates across England and Wales for children, young people and adults. We exist to support children, vulnerable adults, parents and carers to be heard through the provision of confidential advice, information and representation.

NYAS offers a variety of services including:

  • A national advocacy helpline.
  • Advocacy for children in care and those in need – including children subject to child protection plans, care leavers, children and young people with disabilities.
  • The provision of independent visitors for children in care.
  • Legal representation of children in private family law.

If you are a child, young person or ringing on behalf of a child, young person or vulnerable adult and need help, information or advice, please contact our freephone helpline or email

HELPLINE: 0808 808 1001


Location: National 

Threshold works in a holistic way to support vulnerable and socially excluded people to achieve their individual goals at their own pace in their own communities. Threshold has a strong track record of delivering services to both offender groups and vulnerable people. The Re unite programme fits well with the services already offered by Threshold, including well-established women's services, supported housing schemes, floating support and other services across Greater Manchester.

  • Address: 119-125 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7RL
  • For more information:
  • Contact: Jason McKenna
  • Telephone: 0161 652 9584
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St Peters Children Centre
Trafalgar Square
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 4260