Families Outside is launching a new publication aimed at addressing the very real difficulties experienced by young children affected by imprisonment
The experience of having a mother, father, brother, sister, other family relative or even a friend go to prison can be incredibly traumatic for a child.
Families Outside works with children and families affected by imprisonment across Scotland and have done so for the last 25 years.
An estimated 27,000 children in Scotland are separated from a parent through imprisonment each year – more than will experience a parent’s divorce.
As a consequence of imprisonment, children with a family member in prison can become isolated from their community, including school, and may become the victims of bullying or display bullying behaviour themselves as they struggle to manage their anger and confusion. These children are more likely to have problems at school, with increased risk of school exclusion and disengagement from education. Often children are not told what is happening, which is confusing and worrying, or they are asked to keep it secret, which puts an enormous strain on them. Children affected by imprisonment suffer from serious mental health issues at up to three times the rate of other children and are at higher risk of offending and, therefore, of ending up in prison themselves. The experience of a family member’s imprisonment puts children and young people at a serious disadvantage and makes engaging positively in society extremely challenging.
The launch will be held between 5.00pm - 7.00pm at the Scottish Storytelling Centre 43-45 High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR on Thursday, 22 September.
Anybody wishing to attend the launch of this new publication, please email email@example.com
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