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Children & Young People Affected by Imprisonment of Parents

It is estimated that there are up to 310,000 children every year with a parent in prison in England and Wales, with 7% of children experiencing the imprisonment of their father during their schooling years.

Sadly, the potential stigma and bullying attached to parental imprisonment can often mean that children (and their parents) do not want people to know about their home situation. This means that often the needs of these children are not supported.

Possible negative impacts on children & young people:

  • Stigma and bullying
  • Isolation
  • Health Issues, both physical and mental health
  • Financial difficulties, with an increased likelihood of experiencing poverty

For Professionals:

NICCO (National Information Centre on Children of Offenders) – an online knowledge hub of services, resources and training

For Parents & Carers:

Grandparents Plus

Offenders’ Families Helpline : Helpline: 0808 808 2003

For Children & Young People:

Prisoners Families & Friends Service

Parents in prison | Childline

Children with family members in prison – Safeguarding Network

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