21st February 2023
The Prison Reform Trust UK has created a toolkit which is practical resource for practitioners, and a visionary resource for policy makers to support children with a mother in the criminal justice system.
The toolkit is inspired by, and rooted in, the experience of 28 children and young people with experience of a mother in the criminal justice system. Children want to be seen, listened to, and considered at all stages of their mother’s journey through the justice system: arrest, court and sentencing, prison or community sentence, and prior to her release. They want to be supported, and they want to be included in decisions about that support.
Co-created with children and young people, and underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), Child Impact Assessments aim to do exactly that. The toolkit is arranged in the following sections:
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.