Children Heard and Seen

Ross Hextall

A Parent’s Story 3: Chicken Noodle Soup

Below is the third in a new series of blog posts created by those caring for children with a parent in prison that we have supported. The series aims to shine a light on the harms experienced by children and families when a parent goes to prison, and highlight the benefits that providing good support can bring.

The Value of Mentoring Relationships through Children Heard and Seen

In December 2020, Ryan was matched with a 16-year-old boy that we support (also named Ryan) through our volunteer mentorship scheme. Each mentor meets with the child weekly for one to one sessions, providing a neutral person that they can speak to about their feelings, outside of the family home. The pair hit it off …

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A Parent’s Story 2: Katie

Below is the second in a new series of blog posts created by those caring for children with a parent in prison that we have supported. The series aims to shine a light on the harms experienced by children and families when a parent goes to prison, and highlight the benefits that providing good support can bring.

Children Heard and Seen: Children with a Mother in Prison: Snapshot Report 2021

We have recently secured funding to introduce an innovative new support position to offer specialised support to children with a mother in prison. This post aims to respond to the distinct challenges often faced by children with this experience by focusing our support offerings. A central element of the project also involves formalising our learning so …

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Sarah Burrows interviewed for ‘One Small Thing’ Podcast about the impacts of parental imprisonment

“It’s the shame and stigma… isolation and the trauma that the children experience that is the motivating force” IN CONVERSATION WITH … Sarah Burrows This podcast contains real-life recordings of children which some listeners may find distressing. In this episode Edwina Grosvenor talks to Sarah Burrows, founder of Children Heard and Seen, a charity that …

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Watch families supported by Children Heard and Seen speak on the BBC about the impact of lockdown and their children’s relationship with the parent in prison

On March 30th 2021, families supported by Children Heard and Seen were interviewed by both BBC Look North and BBC South about the impacts that lockdown had on their children. This was a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness surrounding difficulties faced by our families over the last year. Check out the full clips below! BBC …

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Allowing families impacted by parental imprisonment voices to be heard: Vix’s response to public preconceptions about prisoners

“How are people supposed to reform and make a change when there is a stigma attached to them?” This week, one of the mothers that we support who cares for a child impacted by parental imprisonment spoke on BBC Radio Wolverhampton about her experiences. Vix shared her vision for how things could be improved for …

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