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Supporting children and young people who have a family member in prison

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Schools support their pupils through many different experiences and situations.

Children and young people who have a family member in prison need particular support. The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions and their families through a range of services.

They have developed a variety of resources that could be of use to school staff, parents and carers who are trying to support children and young people in this situation. These resources include: 

  • A PSHE lesson plan to raise awareness of the issues that students may be experiencing when their family member goes to prison.
  • Locked Out, a book to support children to cope with the imprisonment of a loved one. The book contains useful guidance for parents/carers and professionals working with children and a variety of fun and informative activities for children. 
  • A range of videos telling the stories of children and young peoples experiences.
  • A feelings chart - this can be used to support children and young people to express how they are feeling. 
  • A William The Bear postcard which children can fill out to tell teachers how they are feeling and how you can support them.

Pact can also provide training and telephone support as well as one-to-one support and group sessions for children and young people in some areas. 

First published 22 August 2018