Coaching Behind Bars – read all about it


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We’re thrilled to announce that Coaching Behind Bars: Facing challenges and creating hope in a women’s prison is now out. The book gives a wonderful insight into the heart of CIAO and into the hearts and minds of those we work with. Open University Press was inspired to ask our MD, Clare McGregor, to write it after reading tales like this.

So much more than a practical ‘how to’ guide, every page is filled with warmth, passion and humour; three things that have underpinned the charity’s success. The book takes you through the prison gate to face the reality of life inside, as well as seeing coaches and clients learning together about the impact coaching can have for those who find themselves ‘behind bars’.

Buy Coaching Behind Bars at a reduced price direct from the publisher.
Read the 5* reviews and ‘Look inside’ the first few chapters for free on Amazon.

 What others are saying…

“’What do you want from coaching?’ Clare McGregor asks a prisoner. ‘Hope’, she replies. Coaching Behind Bars certainly gives us that. It is a powerful and compassionate exploration of the challenges facing women prisoners seeking to take control of their own lives… In bringing alive the role of coaching, Clare’s impressive book has a wider relevance that gives great insight into but extends well beyond the prison walls.”
Mark Goldring, Chief Executive, Oxfam, GB

“A stark and thought provoking read”
James Timpson OBE, Chief Executive of Timpson

“This powerful book took me back to my time in HMP Styal and made me question whether things would have been different if I had the opportunity to be coached by CIAO. I have literally ‘laughed out loud’ and cried at the insightful, emotive, yet oh so familiar content; which made me eagerly read on.”
Natalie Atkinson, BSc Hons, former offender

“A wakeup call for those who see coaching as the preserve of only the rich and privileged.”
David Megginson, Emeritus Professor of HR Development, Sheffield Business School

“It has the potential to be as effective as any other intervention used in prisons to reduce re-offending… far more than a book about coaching, it provides a very accurate picture of life behind bars… a must read for students of the Criminal Justice agencies.”
Clive Chatterton, former Governor of HMPYOI Styal

“This is a great book… It is a challenging read – people not acquainted with the realities of crime and punishment will learn a lot about both from the powerful case studies and from the author’s personal reflections. Those well acquainted with crime and punishment, through their work, will be challenged to rethink what they do and how they do it.”
Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology and Social Work, University of Glasgow

“Coaching Behind Bars offers prisoners the rare opportunity to begin to shape their lives and make plans for a life beyond custody and beyond despair.”
Juliet Lyon CBE, Director, Prison Reform Trust

“This is such a refreshing book… an inspiring account of how people, when supported at the right time and in the right way turn their lives around. It is story about women in a women’s prison and in that sense it’s very particular. But it is also a universal story about human struggle, compassionate support and triumph against all the odds.”
Clive Martin, CEO, Clinks 

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