Parenting Matters

Barnardo’s Parenting Matters Northern Ireland:

Supporting families with a loved one in prison

Barnardo’s have been working in Northern Ireland's prisons since 1996 and offer support to parents in custody, as well as limited support to children and families outside in the community. The service works in partnership with the Northern Ireland Prison Service and our aims are:

  • To help families maintain and develop relationships while separated by imprisonment
  • To support families where contact is limited or has broken down
  • To ensure the voice of the child is heard and their rights upheld