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Prisoners: Parents

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 911701, tabled on 2 February 2021

What support his Department is providing to new parents who are in the prison system.

Answered on

2 February 2021

We know that there is an impact on families and children when a parent is imprisoned. Prisons run a variety of parenting courses that are commissioned by individual establishments to suit the needs of their particular population.

Mother and Baby Units have operated in women’s prisons for a number of years, they enable mothers to have their children with them in prison during an important period of bonding. The units are often praised in HMIP reports.

There are also many ad hoc provisions such as Storybook Dads which help to maintain contact with younger children.

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