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Children Heard and Seen

Children Heard and Seen support children, young people and their families who are impacted by parental imprisonment. It is estimated that 312,000 children each year have a parent in prison, although there is no database of who these children are and whether they are receiving support. As the prison population continues to rise, so does the number of children impacted. Children Heard and Seen over the past six years have worked alongside over 200 families and nearly 500 children and young people. We strive to support their needs, listen to their concerns, and have their views heard and reflected in policy.

Current support includes 1:1 sessions, children are given a safe space to discuss thoughts and feelings, group sessions are fun and creative sessions to reduce isolation and build positive relationships with other children in a similar situation. 

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Key Facts

Children with a parent in prison are more likely to experience poverty, poor housing, social exclusion, poor physical health, aggressive behaviour.

Children with a parent in prison are 3 times more at risk of committing Anti-Social Behaviour or delinquent behaviour.

65% of boys with a convicted parent go on to offend themselves.

60% of women in prison have children. A prison sentence separates 17,000 children a year from their mothers.

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.

An outcome of maternal incarceration is that only 5% of children continue living in the family home (due to one third of incarcerated mothers being single parents)

Only 9% of children with an incarcerated mother are raised by their fathers

It is estimated that every £1 invested in supporting prisoners’ families could save the taxpayer £11.


Where to go


Due to the current Coronavirus crisis, we are now running online support groups for parents and children impacted by parental imprisonment.

Please get in touch for more information on how to join these groups on 07557 339258 or

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