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Children & Young People Affected by Imprisonment of Parents

It is estimated that there are 200,000 children affected by parental imprisonment 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

Documents, Resources and Useful Websites: 

For Professionals:

www.i-hop.org.uk – an online knowledge hub of services, resources and training

i-hop Quality Statements and Toolkit – for all services to develop their practice

For Parents & Carers:

Grandparents Plus – Families of Prisoners

Offenders’ Families Helpline     Helpline: 0808 808 2003

Action for Prisoners Families – advice and resources

For Children & Young People:

Action for Prisoners Families – advice and resources

Prisoners Families & Friends Service