Month: March 2016

My Time – Children Affected by Parental Imprinsonment

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.

iHUB news

Here at #iHUB we speak to lots of different age groups in schools, from as young as Year 3 through to 6th Form and College students, and one of the key messages that we share is that online you have the potential to be anybody you want. However if you can be anybody you want, then the people you are engaging with can be anybody they want too!

How do you know who you are talking to online? Can you trust that person you are sending images to? Is the advice you are looking up online genuine?

Teenagers are spending an average of 5 hours a day online, and a recent study conducted by Barnardos showed that 33% of young people online found it easier to actually be themselves online than in the real world. With technology changing at such a rapid pace, and websites and apps appearing every day to help you communicate in different ways, the digital world is constantly evolving, and it’s vitally important that we help show the positives and the negatives of what goes on and the consequences of such so we can empower the young people to make the right decisions wherever they are spending their time online.

The good news though, iHUB and the rest of The HUB are here to offer support and guidance if there are any questions, or any concerns that might arise, whether thats from a young person or an adult in this tricky and constantly changing landscape.


How to positively impact your child’s self esteem…

Last night was the second in our series of parent workshops in partnership with PwC.  Our first event focussed around the dangers of the online world and the digital age we live in and last night we looked at how as parents, we can positively impact our child’s self esteem.

Held at the Performing Arts Centre, over 160 parents showed their interest and support in the event which is organised by our team at The HUB.

After an introduction by Jo Peacegood from PwC, Charlie our Children Services Manager spoke about The HUB and the role we play in supporting the island’s young people.  We were fortunate to have Jayne Blood (you can see her bio below) as our guest speaker for the evening.  Jayne spoke about the adolescent brian and how understanding the changes our children face at this period in their development can really help parents to offer support in the most effective way.

We were delighted to be joined by other partner agrencies who support children and young people in Guernsey for our “expert panel” including School Nursing, CAMHs and the Education Psychologist team.  The panel took questions from the audience around bereavement, when is the best time to ask for help and details of what each of their services provided.

To round up the evening, each of our speakers gave their top tips to parents:

– Have FUN as a family.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot but invest time and energy into making happy memories… those are the ones that will last

– Understand that communication can be different and young people can have rigid thoughts.  Try to help them look at all the options available in order to make an informed decision that they can own.

– Don’t be too hard on yourselves.  As parents, you just need to get it right about 60% of the time.  We can’t be perfect.

– Research Growth Mindset, you can ask your school or contact Education (more info to come).

Last Night’s event was a great conversation starter and we’re really keen to hear about what other topics parents would like us to cover which might support them with their children.

We will be sending out an email with links and resources mentioned to everyone who registered for the event next week.  We’ll also update our blog so you can always find the information here.

If you’d like to be on the mailing list for our next event, please email:

These events could not be possible without the generous support of our sponsor PwC.  We are so grateful for such compassionate partners who share our vision to give children on Guernsey the very best oppotunities to thrive.


Jayne Blood Bio

BA Honours Social Work-Social worker; Msc Psychological Therapies-Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

Jayne qualified as a Social Worker in 2003 and has worked in a variety of services providers such as Children Services, Voluntary Sector and NHS funded Health Services. Jayne’s experience includes working with children and young people with learning difficulties before moving into mental health services for children and young people.

Jayne has been successful in variety of roles throughout her career. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service is where Jayne has spent the last 10 years working as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist since 2009. Jayne is currently the Service Manager for Community Facing Teams. Her focus has always been around service development and the importance of early intervention and prevention highlighting mental health and emotional wellbeing in everyday life from birth and beyond. To ensure that children, young people and their families receive the right information and service at the right time, with the most appropriate therapeutic intervention to achieve positive outcomes.



Don’t miss out on our second event in our Parents Evenings in partnership with PwC.  With the success of our online safety evening in November, this Thursday don’t miss the oppotunity to find out more about how teenagers develop and how you can support them.

For more information contact the HUB on 724421.

Are you interested in how you can positively influence your child’s self esteem

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