Locked out: children’s experiences of visiting a parent in prison

Barnardo's | 4 December 2015

Thousands of children are being denied visiting rights to see their fathers in jail because of changes to the prison discipline system, according to this report. It says 17,000 children a month visit a parent in prison but changes to the incentives and earned privileges (IEP) scheme in 2013 mean that prison visits are being used as a way to enforce discipline. Prisoners are being denied visits from their children, either as a punishment or because they have not “earned” the right. The report advises that not maintaining a good relationship with their parents can have a negative effect on a child's mental health, and studies show prisoners who see their children are less likely to reoffend. 

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