Barnardo’s uses its donated funds to the best possible effect – transforming the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children. Children affected by parental imprisonment (CAPI) are one of the most vulnerable groups in society, and have been identified as a priority for our work over the coming years.
What is the issue?
All the evidence suggests that the children of prisoners require extensive support. In comparison to their peers, they are twice as likely to experience mental health problems, and three times as likely to have had a history of poor living conditions and a poor employment record.
My Time is The HUB’s CAPI project and we support any young person affected by having a family member in prison by providing emotional and practical support for the young person and family. We attend the family visits at the prison as well as supporting a young person through their first visit to the last. Preparing the young person by listening to their concerns and providing them with an easy to read, fun, interactive leaflet to make the first visit that bit easier.
My Time supports other agencies within the Prison such as the Library, the fellowship and MPACT (Drug Concern)
We are aware of the need for early intervention and providing poor mental health preventative work with groups and 1-1 therapy work through The HUB.
What is Barnardo’s vision for CAPI?
Barnardo’s vision is that children caught up in the trauma of parental imprisonment are recognised, heard, and have an equal and fair chance to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.
In Guernsey The HUB is championing awareness through school assemblies and presentations to other agencies. We also have key members of staff in schools who are CAPI champions, providing the school with information and training in supporting and making aware the need to support and signpost children, young people and families affected by family imprisonment.