Working in Prisons

Having a family member in prison is stressful for anyone and especially children. Strong positive relationships improve outcomes for children and reduce the likelihood of reoffending by prisoners. We work in prisons to try and improve the experience of visiting and to help families maintain positive relationships.

Visit Centres

We make our visit centres welcoming and have staff who provide a friendly face and a listening ear. We aim to make the visiting process easier and less stressful for all visitors. We provide information and advice about the prison and wider family support.

“Having a friendly face to chat to makes such a difference, everything is less stressful!” Mother of 3 children

Visit Halls

At some establishments we staff a play area in the visit hall that provides positive activities for children and young people of all ages. We have also developed packs for children and their parents to do together at their seats, getting them talking and having fun together.

We help run family visits that use play to give families the chance to do something fun and interactive together. This provides a positive shared experience that helps break down barriers and helps people cope.

“Today I learnt that my dad makes the best paper planes - I’m so proud” Girl aged 8

Family Support

We provide one to one support for prisoners around maintaining good relationships with their families.

“Without your help I wouldn’t be seeing my children at all” Dad with 2 boys

Training

We offer training to prison staff and other voluntary organisations on using play to deliver effective visits. We can offer training to organisations about the impact having a family member in prison has on families.

We have delivered successful parenting courses in prisons.

Prisons we work with

HMP Highpoint

HMP Whitemoor

HMP Stocken

HMP Stocken Supported by CIN
HMP Stocken Supported by CIN

For more information

Contact us via the Contact Us page using the Community and Family Support enquiry type or email directly on prisons@childrenslinks.org.uk