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Supporting children and young people of prisoners

An estimated 200,000 children age under 18 are separated by parental imprisonment and on any given day. This figure is two-and-a-half times more than the number of children in care and six times the number of children that are subject to child protection plans.

Please support us to ensure that we can provide opportunities for children who face the challenge and stigma of parental imprisonment.

 

Key Facts

Children of prisoners are more likely to experience poverty, poor housing, social exclusion, poor physical health, aggressive behaviour.

Children of prisoners are 3 times more at risk of committing Anti-Social Behaviour or delinquent behaviour.

65% of boys with a convicted parent go on to offend themselves.60% of women in prison have children.

A prison sentence separates 17,000 children a year from their mothers.

25% of children with a parent in prison are at risk of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, eating and sleeping disorders.

Parental imprisonment is associated with negative school experiences such as persistent truanting, bullying and failure to achieve in education.

Children of prisoners are also disproportionately represented among young offenders and the care population.

It is estimated that every £1 invested in supporting prisoners’ families could save the taxpayer £11.