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Young Children Affected by Parental Imprisonment


At HMP Low Moss, near Glasgow, our Learning Together Through Play programme is one example of our work with prisoners and their families.

We recognise that the breakdown of family relationships when a parent is in prison can lead to a higher risk of re-offending and of children growing up to become offenders themselves.

We are currently working in six prisons (HMP Low Moss, HMP Edinburgh, HMP Greenock, HMP Cornton Vale, HMP Barlinnie and HMP Castle Huntly) in partnership with prison staff, to support prisoners, their partners and children during this difficult time in their lives.

At Low Moss, Learning Together Through Play provides prisoners with opportunities to improve attachments with their children so that relationships are more likely to stay strong, leading to more positive outcomes for the children.

Other programmes we run in Scottish prisons include Pre-visit Play Sessions for prisoners’ partners and children. These sessions are designed to reduce stress before the visit itself and to support the partners to provide enriched interactions and home learning environments for their children.
 
During Family Visit Sessions, our qualified Early Years Practitioners work with the whole family to facilitate shared approaches to play, learning and healthy living during family visit sessions.

Consultation with parents and prison staff lead to the creation the Fathers’ Programme which is now running in all four prisons, and involves the Early Years Practitioner working directly with fathers to support early attachment, bonding and an understanding of their children’s development, including the importance of play.

EYS Family Visitor Centre at HMP Low Moss

The Scottish Government has a commitment to ensure all prisons in Scotland have a visitor centre.

Opened in late 2017, the EYS Family Visitor Centre at HMP Low Moss is a place for families and friends to relax before their visit and access independent and impartial advice and information to support prisoners’ families.  Early Years Scotland is working in partnership with HMP Low Moss and we are proud to provide this service.

EYS Family Visitor Centre opening hours:

Monday        10.00am - 17.30pm
Tuesday       10.00am - 17.30pm
Wednesday  10.00am - 17.30pm
Thursday      10.00am - 17.30pm
Friday           10.00am - 17.30pm
Sunday         13.00pm - 17.00pm

The EYS Family Visitor Centre contact number at Low Moss: 0141 762 9703

Gavin Hamilton (Centre co-ordinator) - 07387 4142 71 gavin.hamilton@earlyyearsscotland.org
Angela Ross (Early Years Practitioner) - 07785 455 794 angela.ross@earlyyearsscotland.org 
Iasmina Tav (Family Support Worker) - iasmina.tav@earlyyearsscotland.org 

In normal circumstances the EYS Family Visitor Centre provides:

• Hot drinks
• Light refreshments
• Toilets and baby changing facilities
• Children’s play area
• Information, support, and advice
• School holiday activities

Contact Details:
Early Years Scotland
Crosshill Road
Bishopbriggs
Glasgow
G64 2QB
0141 -221 -4148

Early Years Scotland won a prestigious SSSC Care Accolade Award in 2014 for our work in prisons.