Although the number of children estimated to be affected by a parent’s imprisonment in England and Wales is two and a half times higher than the number of children in care, they are often described as a “hidden” or “invisible” group. This is because they are not systematically recorded in England and there is no statutory response to their needs.
Some of the effects of parental imprisonment on children can be: negative school experiences such as truancy and bullying; involvement in anti-social behaviour; increased risk of poverty; physical ill health and disruption to housing.
This guide for practitioners aims to develop:
- Insight into the particular importance of children’s rights, multi-agency working and safeguarding whilst delivering interventions with offenders’ families;
- A renewed understanding of the impact of offending on children and families;
- The ability to incorporate the needs of offenders’ children and families into professional assessment and support plans;
- Increased confidence, knowledge and skills to work directly with offenders’ children and families, and
- Increased knowledge of resources and services available to support offenders’ children and families.
This guide is intended to be used by practitioners with direct contact with children and families, including - social workers; early years’ practitioners; family support workers; health visitors; school nurses; pastoral workers; resettlement workers, and prison-based family engagement workers.
To read the guide, click here.