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of boys with a convicted parent go on to offend
of prisoners have family members who had been convicted of a crime
of prisoners experienced abuse as a child
of prisoners had been suspended or temporarily excluded from school
Many children, overwhelmed by their problems, act-up or act out in a bid for attention or a cry for help. Children seen as 'trouble-makers' may become isolated or be excluded from mainstream schooling. When this happens the risk of them becoming involved in criminal activity grows. They face the challenges of drugs, bullying, abuse, poverty and family breakdown alone - sometimes because their own parents are in prison.
Children of prisoners are:
The impact a parent's imprisonment has on their children is not fully known. But we do know, and believe, that it's crucial that we help children to address the root-causes of their problems, support children and their families while they have a family member in prison and ensure we break the cycle of imprisonment within families.
Find out more about how Spurgeons supports children with a parent in prison by reading our review of the London Prisons Visiting Service 2014.
Our support for children affected by the justice system spans a wide range of child centred support
We provide family inclusive programmes, preparing for release and supporting post release to develop family cohesion
In partnership with the Police, schools, social workers and Youth Offending teams, we support families at times of crisis and provide one-to-one mentoring and befriending for children.
We run child focused visitors centres in London prisons, ensuring children have the most safe and comfortable experience when they visit a parent in prison.
We know that children and young people affected by imprisonment have the worst outcomes and life chances. And that there is a poor record of reducing reoffending upon release from prison creating significant cycles of instability for families. To tackle this, we use our expertise in understanding and delivering child-centred services to deliver high quality services for children affected by imprisonment and offending.
Our approach is to provide a family inclusive programme which works with the offender, partner and children, preparing for release and supporting post release to develop family cohesion. The aim of the programme is to identify the effectiveness of a co-ordinated whole family approach supporting pre and post release to secure improved outcomes in relation to children, family functioning and reoffending.