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“I never had a normal childhood” – young people speak about having a dad in prison

Release Date: 19 Dec 2014

Young people speak on BBC Radio 1 about life with a parent in prison.

A young person from Barnardo’s Bristol service gives a raw and moving interview to Radio One’s Newsbeat, about the issues she’s faced since her stepdad was sent to prison.

Since May, Barnardo’s has been publicly campaigning for the Government to take action on children of prisoners.

Children with a parent in prison are some of the most overlooked and isolated in the UK, and have disrupted childhoods that can ruin their life chances.

Currently it’s estimated about 200,000 children have a parent in prison in England and Wales, three times the number of children in care. However, the real figure is unknown as neither the courts, nor government keeps a record of these children or even asks who and where they are.

As prisoner numbers continue to rise, Barnardo’s is calling for a lead minister appointed by the Ministry of Justice to take responsibility for these children and develop a plan of action in England to address their needs.  

As a first step the we are also asking for these children to be identified from the point of sentencing. We want the courts in England and Wales to be obliged by law to ask about the children of people sent to prison to make sure they are properly looked after.

To hear this young person’s experience of having a parent in prison, and find out more about the campaign listen to Newsbeat at 12.45 and at 17.45 today.

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