Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact)


Time to Connect is a prison based parenting education programme. It is designed to help strengthen relationships between prisoners and their children and to sow the seeds for a stronger family life post release. It achieves this through the everyday resource of play.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (219278)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




Each year around 200,000 children in the UK are affected by parental imprisonment. Children who experience this “hidden sentence” are likely to face disruption to education, housing, home life and friendship groups and the stigma and stress of having a family member in prison. About 65% of boys with a convicted parent will go on themselves to offend. 65% of women and 59% of men in prison have dependent children.


Maintaining positive family ties can help to reduce re-offending by offenders after release. Prisoners who do not receive visits from family members are nearly 40% more likely to re-offend afterwards. With support, imprisonment can provide a unique opportunity for prisoners to re-think their roles and responsibilities, and look afresh at what it means to be a parent. So children of prisoners are then given the chance to have a positive experience of belonging and being loved.