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Training and Continuing Professional Development

Real client work

Modules involving real client work, giving students valuable experience include

  • HKC Law Clinic – a full legal service enabling students to work on real civil law cases
  • street law – working largely in partnership with schools and community groups to research and deliver advice and guidance
  • law in practice – one day each week is spent with a legal service provider
  • law in practice (international) – working at law firms across the USA on criminal law cases
  • HKC Criminal Appeals – working on a real case of an alleged miscarriage of justice
  • street law prisons – assisting in the rehabilitation of offenders
  • human rights clinic – working with an organisation on an issue of human rights or equality law
  • prison clinic – shadowing a legal service provider as they deliver advice to prisoners
  • crime simulation module – police procedures and scenes of crime investigation techniques taught by community justice practitioners

Discover more about the modules delivered in our Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.

Placements and volunteer opportunities are also available with high-profile partners in police, probation and criminal justice environments.

The Venture Matrix develops employability and enterprise skills by enabling students to complete short, supported projects for organisations throughout South Yorkshire. Our students can get involved in their second and final years.

Training and development opportunities

One week Advanced Professional Certificate in Human Rights Project Management (30 credits)

This one week course, to be run for the first time from the 15-19th May 2017, will offer professional certification in project management skills for people working in, or hoping to work in, the area of human rights projects. Find out more.

Details of how to apply can be found here (PDF, 874 KB). If you need any application support, please contact

Probation officer training

We have been a major provider of probation officer training for over 15 years and have well-established and longstanding relationships with the National Probation Service, the National Offender Management Service and the Ministry of Justice. We teach and train probation officers across the north of England and have a team of specialist staff with professional practice backgrounds who lead this important area of work. Find out more.

Criminal justice practice training and development

The staff who deliver our probation training also deliver CPD courses in other areas of criminal justice practice and we are always interested in developing bespoke training awards and programmes for organisations who are involved in the management and rehabilitation of offenders.

We can provide flexible modes of delivery including face-to-face, online and blended programmes. We have the expertise to provide professional training in a range of practice areas:

  • risk assessment and management
  • volunteering with offenders
  • interventions with offenders
  • motivational interviewing
  • pro-social modelling
  • multi-agency working
  • safeguarding
  • working with sex offenders
  • working with young offenders
  • working with substance misuse
  • desistance approaches
  • the Good Lives Model
  • resettlement work
  • values, ethics and diversity

Criminal Justice Learning Knowledge Modules (Areas of knowledge stipulated by National Offender Management Service (NOMS))

These modules provide the areas of knowledge stipulated by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) as a pre-requisite for Probation Officer training. Please click on the link above to find out more. 

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