On October 20th 2015 the ‘200,000 Reasons To Care’ conference took place in Westminster where a group of charities showcased their work to support prisoners’ families, which improves outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, and also helps to reduce the risk of re-offending.
Prisons Minister Andrew Selous and a group of 8 charities called for society to show a more compassionate and enlightened attitude to the 200,000 children whose parents are imprisoned each year, and the many more who have brothers, sisters, and other family members in custody.
Justice Minister Andrew Selous said: “Effective rehabilitation reduces reoffending, cuts crime and makes our streets safer. We know that helping prisoners maintain relationships can play an important role in helping them make positive changes to their lives.
“That is why we have introduced practical ways of improving family links, including extended visits and family days. We have also created 70 resettlement prisons across England and Wales so offenders can be placed in prisons close to home, keep in touch with families and work towards their rehabilitation in the community.”
The charities included Nepacs, Pact, Clinks, StoryBook Dads, Barnardo’s, Spurgeons, Jigsaw and POPS (Partners of Prisoners).
They also called on the Government to develop a strategy to support the growing number of children and families affected by the imprisonment of family members, and argue that this could cut crime and save money in the short and longer term.
A report into the resettlement provisions for adult offenders by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Probation and Ofsted can be downloaded here.
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