I am disappointed that despite the extensive research evidence available on these issues, the Government still do not have a clear vision and strategy for supporting these children. Continue reading What action is being taken to support the children of prisoners?
It was wrong for the judge to speak to the child in that way, but what is equally problematic is that although the Court of Appeal found that it was inappropriate for the judge to threaten to send a 14 year old girl to the cells, they made no mention of the inappropriateness of a judge taking a decision to remand, without warning, the sole carer of a 14 year old and a 3 year old. The fact that this was done seemingly without making any enquiries or provision to ensure that the children would be safely cared for in their mother’s absence, should surely have been also deemed ‘inappropriate’ by the Court of Appeal? Continue reading How (not) to treat a child
This post first appeared here on Huffpost on 6th July 2018 What do YOU think about children whose parents are in prison? Yesterday the Prison Reform Trust published ‘What about me?’; a report outlining the experiences of children in England and Wales whose mothers are in prison. It called on a variety of statutory agencies to include these children in their provision for vulnerable … Continue reading We don’t want to talk about it …
‘Are we doing all we can to support the wellbeing of children with a parent in prison, bearing in mind the traumatic impact that the detention of a parent can have on a child? It is estimated that more than 200,000 children a year are separated from a parent by parental imprisonment. About 17,000 of those children experience their mother’s imprisonment. Because women are more … Continue reading The Care of Prisoners’ Children: a response to the Westminster Hall Debate 12th June 2018
I began my PhD in 2012, a mature student, with a life history and experience which included a law degree, time at the Bar as a family and criminal barrister, work as a qualified Family Mediator and Citizen’s Advice Generalist Advisor, not to mention birthing and raising three children and acquiring a dog somewhere along the way. I didn’t intend to enter academia, but in … Continue reading The possibilities of a PhD (or why it’s ok to believe it really might change the world)