Children of prisoners - maintaining family ties


The following recommendations have evolved from the findings in the literature review and fieldwork. Implementing these recommendations is essential to ensuring that family ties are maintained and that the children who are affected by having a parent in prison are given the same opportunity as other children to meet the five outcomes of Every Child Matters. These children have a right to be safe, to achieve, to be healthy, to achieve economic well-being and to make a positive contribution. The recommendations are arranged according to sector and government department. Finally, there is also a set of recommendations on themes that cut across all sectors, once again highlighting the need for a multi-disciplinary response.

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Local safeguarding children boards


Statutory children’s services

National Offender Management Service and Ministry of Justice

Prison service

National probation service


Voluntary sector

Cross-cutting themes