about us

About Us

Children Heard and Seen is a charity which provides support and interventions for children with a parent in prison. The charity was set up in 2014, with a focus on reducing intergenerational offending, and mitigating the impacts of parental imprisonment for children and young people. This support is primarily across Oxfordshire, but also Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

In 2019 we won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise the exceptional service within their communities.

Registered Charity Number 1157879

Our Aim

Children Heard and Seen, is a charity that works to mitigate the effects of parental imprisonment on children, young people and their families. We aim to provide quality services for children with a family member in prison.

Key facts

  • 60% of women in prison have children.
  • A prison sentence separates 17,000 children a year from their mothers.
  • Children with a parent in prison are more likely to experience poverty, poor housing, social exclusion, poor physical health, aggressive behaviour. Children with a parent in prison 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.
  • 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 with a parent in prison are also disproportionately represented among young offenders and the care population.
  • An outcome of maternal incarceration is that only 5% of children continue living in the family home (due to one third of incarcerated mothers being single parents)

  • Only 9% of children with an incarcerated mother are raised by their fathers

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