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Prisoners: Mothers

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL4272, tabled on 22 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women in prison aged (1) 18 to 24, or (2) 25 years or older, have dependent children.

Answered on

6 December 2021

We do not hold current figures on how many women in prison aged (1) 18 to 24 or (2) 25 years or older have dependent children. Information on a prisoner’s caring responsibilities and their children living in the community is currently monitored locally by prison Governors/Directors to ensure appropriate support can be provided to offenders and their families. We are making changes to the questions within the Basic Custody Screening Tool (BCST) in the first quarter of 2022 and, once this has been done, we will be able to collect primary carer data via the BCST and access this information centrally. Consideration will then be given to how and what we can publish.