Training Launch: Supporting People Who Speak ESL in the Criminal Justice System

This webinar introduces two courses to help staff in the criminal justice system communicate better with people who are new to English.

Research funded by The Bell Foundation found that there are significant language barriers faced by those navigating the criminal justice system who also use English as a Second or Additional Language (ESL). This can limit their access to general help and information to guide them through criminal justice processes. In response to this research, the Foundation has developed two courses, alongside other guidance, to mitigate these language barriers.

This webinar will give an overview of these two new courses, aimed at supporting those working with people who use ESL in the criminal justice system.

The courses aim to equip participants with better insight and useful tools for communicating more effectively with people who are new to English. One of the courses is aimed at those working in prisons/probation services. The other course is for people working with victims of crime.

The webinar will cover the following:

  • Brief introduction to The Bell Foundation;
  • An overview of the training courses;
  • A taster of the training;
  • Information on how to access the training.

Who should register for the webinar

  • Prison officers;
  • Probation officers;
  • Prison education managers;
  • Victim support staff;
  • People working in any organisation in the criminal justice system who support or come into contact with people who are new to English.

If you have any questions that specifically relate to the webinar topic which you would like answered during the live session you can send them to:

If the webinar is full, please complete the Wait List form and you will be contacted if a place becomes available. Everyone on the Wait List will be sent a copy of the webinar recording.

Ticket sales end at 4:00pm on 17 May.

Joining Instructions

The webinar URL will be issued 90 minutes before the session. When you receive the webinar URL please check that it takes you to the event room, if not, please email Please note that you will not be able to log in to the webinar event room in advance. Please check your ‘junk’ folder if you have not received this information one hour before the event.

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Your trainer, Emily

Emily Curran joined The Bell Foundation as a trainer in September 2018. Prior to joining The Bell Foundation, Emily worked in English Language Teaching (ELT) and taught both adults and young learners in the UK and Thailand respectively, before going on to become a teacher trainer in the ELT sector. Emily has a CELTA and DELTA and has also worked closely with Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign (CRRC) as a liaison for the English Language Provision. Emily has worked on the ESOL Screening Tool, a tool for understanding ESOL support needs for services users in prison. 

Your trainer, Tom

Tom Beakes at The Bell Foundation

Tom Beakes joined The Bell Foundation in 2020. Tom has worked in language education since 2003 and has taught in China, Japan, Ecuador and north Africa. His main areas of interest are teaching young learners, project-based learning and teacher development. He holds an MA in anthropological linguistics and is CELTA and DELTA qualified. He has worked as a teacher trainer in the UK and abroad and is a regular speaker at English Language Teaching conferences such as IATEFL. 

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