Children Heard and Seen

What
we offer.

Supporting children and young people impacted by parental imprisonment.

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 here.

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

Key Facts

60% of women in prison have children.

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

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.