Children are directly impacted by having a parent in prison. These children are often more vulnerable to stigma, social isolation, shame and fear.

Children with a parent in prison are not typically given adequate consideration by the judicial system throughout their parent’s arrest, sentencing and time in prison. This lack of consideration means that children of prisoners become “collateral victims” of a crime they did not commit.

Changes to Legal Frameworks are including consideration of children on a more frequent basis, and organisations such as Children of Prisoners Europe are working are to put and keep children of prisoners on policy agendas.

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