160,000 children each year have a parent in prison. (Pull out stat)
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 visitor centres in London prisons 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
This is a difficult time for those children and many, overwhelmed by their problems, act-up as a cry for help or attention. It has a big impact on their future and can result in some becoming young offenders themselves.
Having a parent in prison can be detrimental to a young person’s wellbeing and behaviour. The figures speak for themselves:
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.
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:
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.
To find out more about our Visitor Centres or to book a prison visit, see our Visitor Centres page
Review of London Prisons Visiting 2014
Find out more about how Spurgeons supports children with a parent in prison by reading our review of the London Prisons Visiting Service 2014.
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 in London prisons, enabling children to have a positive experience when visiting a prison. We’ll help you and your child feel less overwhelmed by the changes.