Family Member in Prison
If your child has a close relative in prison, it is important for the school to be informed of this in order for us to provide the necessary support to you as parents and to your child/ren. You can either speak to your child's class teacher or make an appointment to see Mrs Cahill, Headteacher to discuss this in confidence.
Below is further information about a service that supports Kingston families who have a 'significant' relative in prison.
FAMILIES APART: SUPPORTING KINGSTON FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A SIGNIFICANT RELATIVE IN PRISON
The Families Apart Project, managed by local charity Kingston WelCare supports children, young people and their families with a close relative in prison.
Support from the Families Apart Project is provided by two qualified Social Workers in the following ways
- Information, booklets and leaflets for parents, young people and children.
- Direct 1:1 Sessions with children and young people in and out of school to express their feelings about a close relative in prison.
- Practical support around housing, finances, paying for prison visits etc.
- Support and information to professionals and staff working with parents, children and young people with a parent in prison.
- Monthly drop in sessions at Guildhall 2.
USEFUL WEBSITES AND CONTACTS
Offenders Families Helpline
A national helpline offering information and support with a relative or a friend in prison. Telephone 0808 808 2003 (free phone) or visit their website www.offendersfamilieshelpline.org.uk
Action for Prisoner Families
This is a national campaign for prisoner families. Click the website below for useful downloads
DROP IN SERVICE
Drop in sessions normally take place on the first Wednesday of each month; however contact Families Apart to ensure this is still the case. Pop along if you are affected by a relative's imprisonment and would like some support, leaflets, information or advice.
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE ON VISITS
Researchers have highlighted that children can feel nervous and worried when they are visiting a family member in prison. Often children can find the visiting process confusing and the prison itself a daunting building to enter. Helping children to understand what is going to happen when they visit a prison and asking them to think about how they feel and what they would like to talk about with their family member is a way of helping children cope better with a visit to prison.
The Families Apart Project understand that improving the visiting experience for a child or young person will improve their emotional wellbeing and promote good life outcomes in areas such as education and future employment. Families Apart Workers use a wide range of resources and booklets aimed at children and young people to help them prepare for visits. Resources range from books for young children using stories to take them through the visiting process, comic strips for primary school aged children and creative worksheets that allow children and young people to express their feelings and prepare for visits. Please contact Families Apart if you would like to know more about the books and creative sheets they have on offer. They can provide you with these very effective tools free of charge!
A WAY TO SAVE MONEY
Low cost telephone calls prisoner’s families
'Inmates Rates' is a new service that significantly reduces the cost of prisoners calling mobile phones. The service was set up to increase contact time between inmates and their families; strengthening family bonds and reducing emotional pressures. This will no doubt be of interest to everybody working with offenders in custody; full details at: Inmates Rates or contact Families Apart for further details.