It can be tough for children with a parent in prison. Nepacs volunteers support families visiting prisons in the north east and plan special family playdays. Fun, food and craft activities provide positive family memories at Christmas and throughout the year brightening an otherwise bleak period.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1088051)
The project addresses the concern that children and young people often serve 'a hidden sentence' when a parent/carers is imprisoned and that this can have a detrimental long lasting impact. There is evidence which suggests that parental imprisonment has a negative impact on children and young people‚Äôs wellbeing, with children of prisoners being twice as likely to experience a mental health problem and poor educational attainment. Anti-social behaviour and substance misuse is also more likely.
Positive, secure attachments - reassurance that your imprisoned parent is OK and still loves you - are key to being able to process and cope with this experience. Family Learning and other special visits rekindle bonds and promote strong family ties. Nepacs believes that children affected by parental imprisonment should have the same opportunities as others and a right to family life - after all, they are not guilty of any crime. These memories boost wellbeing and protect against disaffection.
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