what we offer

What we offer

Children Heard And Seen is a charity that supports children and families impacted by parental imprisonment. We offer 1:1 support, mentors for children, group activities and arts and music based therapy to children who are facing the shame and stigma that is attached to having a parent in prison.

If you know a family that would like support, please email us info@childrenheardandseen.co.uk, call us on 07557339258 or send us a private message on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/childrenheardandseen

We actively encourage referrals from families themselves.

Targeted Interventions and Activity Groups

To provide targeted support for children and young people. This can be delivered via group work or on an individual basis. Our groups aim to reduce isolation and give children the opportunity to meet other children in a similar situation in their own community.

Volunteer mentors

To provide 6-12 months weekly volunteer mentoring provision to primary age children who have a parent in prison. Year 7 children have been prioritised due to 10 years of age being the age of criminal responsibility. Mentors to act as a positive role model and provide regular opportunities for children to be supported through any challenges they might face.

Parenting support

To support the parents of the children who attend the activity days and/or being mentored to facilitate positive change for their children with a view to reducing intergenerational cycles of behaviour.

All of the services identified cannot be delivered in isolation, in fact ‘Children Heard and Seen’, recognises the importance of joint working:

  • Schools (primary and secondary)
  • Children’s Centres
  • Health (e.g. Health visitors and midwives)
  • Prisons especially Prison liaison
  • Probation Services and Community Rehabilitation agencies
  • Any other relevant agency