More children are affected by parental imprisonment each year than are supported by social services

More children are affected by parental imprisonment each year than are supported by social services

Added: 05 August 2015

i-HOP is a service that supports professionals to work effectively with offenders’ who have children. They collate and promote examples of services, interventions, resources, policy and research around this vulnerable group. The aim is to support families and reduce both reoffending and intergenerational offending.

i-HOP have released a briefings to assist social care professionals and prisons to support the children of offenders.

Key facts:

  • Prisoners’ families are vulnerable to poverty, debt, housing instability and physical illness
  • Children with a parent in prison are twice as likely to experience mental health problems
  • 65% of boys with a parent in prison go on to offend
  • More children are affected by parental imprisonment each year than are supported by social services.

Some of the areas included are:

  • resources for offenders about maintaining family ties whilst in prison
  • guidelines and toolkits for developing whole-prison practice and effective family days
  • details of programmes for offenders that can be delivered in prisons
  • resources and services for families of offenders
  • details of local multi-agency training for frontline staff regarding the impact of imprisonment on families