Families affected by imprisonment
160,000 children each year have a parent in prison.
At Spurgeons, our aim is to improve the lives of those children and their families who are affected by a parent being in prison. Our prisoner and family support services across England allow children to visit their loved ones in a friendly environment and our mentoring and support programmes give young people the chance to reduce negative behaviours and build a better future.
The impact of having a relative in prison
Having a parent in prison can be detrimental to a young person’s wellbeing and behaviour. The figures speak for themselves:
65% of boys with a convicted parent go on to offend
37% of prisoners have family members who had been convicted of a crime
29% of prisoners experienced abuse as a child
63% of prisoners had been suspended or temporarily excluded from school
In addition, children of prisoners are three times more likely to develop behavioural problems and twice as likely to show anti-social or delinquent behaviour.
Children seen as 'trouble-makers' may become isolated or 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.
Spurgeons Makes a Difference
Our work supports those children who have a parent in prison and helps young offenders to break the cycle of criminal activity that could lead to reoffending.
We offer a wide range of support for those affected by a family member in prison, including:
Visits centre service
Visits play area
One-to-one support and signposting
Frequently asked Questions
Q. My partner/family member has been sent to prison and I’m worried about my child coping with the stress, where can I turn?
A. Turn to us. We offer support for the whole family. Our experienced staff will be able to help your child to talk about their feelings. We also run a number of child-focused visitor centres, enabling children to have a positive experience when visiting a prison. We’ll help you and your child feel less overwhelmed by the changes.