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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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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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Parent’s Voices

Earlier today, four mothers that we support who care for children with a parent in prison were interviewed on TimesRadio about what their lives are currently like. Unfortunately, the interview experienced some technical difficulties which meant that these women weren’t able to get across all of the ideas that they wanted to share. These women …

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No Such Thing as a Typical Week…

No such thing as a typical week……..

You know how you can rate an organisation just by what you have seen of the work they do on social media and based on some minimal contact you have with them? You think you understand the depth of the work they do and then you start to work for them and realise you have really had no clue. Read on about Children Heard and Seen

Giving Evidence at the Human Rights Select Committee 2021

Over the last twelve months, children and families impacted by parental imprisonment have faced unprecedented challenges flowing from a lack of meaningful contact with their imprisoned parent. Families have reported that this has manifested in a deterioration of children’s mental health that has severe knock on effects on education, eating, sleeping, emotions and behaviour. The disruptions …

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2020 Newsletter and Highlights

Children Heard and Seen was set up in June 2014 to mitigate the effects of parental imprisonment on children, young people and their families. This year has raised unprecedented challenges for our organisation and the families that we support. However, our ability to quickly adapt service provisions at the beginning of lockdown and beyond has allowed us to celebrate great success. From using online support to drastically extend the reach of our work, to moving in to an exciting new office space and being honoured with an award by the Criminal Justice Alliance, we are incredibly proud of the work we have done this year in supporting families impacted by parental imprisonment. In 2020, we supported 225 children impacted by parental imprisonment.

To keep you up to date with all of the exciting things going on at Children Heard and Seen, we’ve put together a Newsletter with all of the highlights of the last 6 months.

Criminal Justice Alliance Awards 2020

We were honoured and extremely surprised to win the Outstanding Regional Organisation at the Criminal Justice Alliance Awards 2020 on 26th November. The CJA Awards, now in its sixth year and generously supported by the Hadley Trust, celebrate outstanding individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution towards creating a fair and effective criminal justice system.  The judges of the CJA Awards …

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Covid-19 response

Covid-19 response

As with many charities and organisations we have been faced with huge challenges by Covid-19, mainly how we can continue to support our vulnerable and already isolated families whilst maintaining social distancing. On 24th March 2020 prison visits in the UK were suspended, meaning that many of the children we support were unable to have …

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