Clean Break’s education programme includes a wide range of free theatre-based courses, all specifically designed for women with experience of the criminal justice system and those at risk of entering it.

Our courses give you the chance to explore and develop your creativity in a safe, non-judgmental and women-only space. You can study performance, backstage craft and writing with us, while also improving your anger management, mental health and wellbeing, and literacy skills. We offer students the chance of hands-on work experience with some of London’s best theatre companies and arts organisations, giving personal inspiration and practical help to women who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

We offer financial support with travel and childcare costs, and provide every student with a hot lunch. While you’re studying with us, our friendly Student Support team will be on hand to help you with any personal difficulties you might be experiencing.

We work with a number of excellent partners in Higher Education and the arts who can offer you rich experiences and pathways both during your time at Clean Break. These include Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College, London College of Fashion, London College of Communication, The Comedy School and The Place. Each year a number of students are awarded bursaries from these partners, and have continued their studies there beyond Clean Break.

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How to Apply

Our programmes are open to all women who have experience of the criminal justice system. If you’re in contact with the police, have been cautioned or sentenced for an offence, are on remand, on a community order, on bail, on license, in prison or known to a Youth Offending Team, then Clean Break may be for you.

We also welcome women who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system because of drug or alcohol dependencies or mental health needs. If you’ve recently completed a drug or alcohol rehabilitation programme and feel that you may be at risk of committing an offence, or if you’re in contact with mental health services following a police referral, then please get in touch.

If you’re aged 17 or over, are interested in exploring your creativity and fit any of the criteria above, please contact us. You can arrange to meet our Student Support Team or book a place on one of our Information Days by calling 020 7482 8600 or e-mail via the enquiry form.

Student Support

Our Student Support Team will be your first point of contact with Clean Break, perhaps at one of our regular visits to prisons, probation, bail hostels, drug and alcohol projects or other venues. The team will do everything they can to remove any barriers that might prevent you from studying with us, exploring your creativity and moving forward with your life.

Our specialist staff can help with everything from housing problems and legal advice to parenting and personal relationships, and can offer ongoing support with drug and alcohol dependencies. We can also connect you to other specialist organisations in London.

We work in partnership with Women in Prison to provide fortnightly housing surgeries as well as emotional health and well being support to all students.

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Fill out the form below if you are interested in applying for one of our courses or if you require further information.

Clean Break courses are open to all women who have experience of the criminal justice system. We also welcome women who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system because of drug or alcohol dependencies or mental health needs.

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