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Children of prisoners

i-HOP (Information Hub on Offenders’ families with children for Professionals) is a national one-stop information and advice service to support all professionals in working with children and families of offenders, including frontline staff, strategic managers and commissioners. Commissioned by the Department for Education, i-HOP is run by Barnardo's in partnership with POPS (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group).

i-HOP is a constantly growing directory of information that brings together up-to-date resources, research, policy, support service details, practice examples, training programmes and funding opportunities, in order to improve the support delivered to children of offenders and their families.

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Supporting Prisoners' Families outlines Barnardo's work with children and families of prisoners across the UK. We report on four of our services in detail to highlight the variety of the work we do to improve outcomes for this vulnerable, and often over-looked, group. This briefing follows on from ‘Every Night You Cry’ which reported on the poor outcomes faced by this group of children.

Download the report Supporting Prisoners' Families (PDF, 867KB)

Every Night You Cry: the realities of having a parent in prison reports on the poor outcomes of children with a parent in prison, and highlights findings from an audit of children's plans that too many local authorities are failing to address their needs. It calls for better identification of children affected, and more timely intervention.

Download the report Every Night You Cry (PDF)

Contacts for more information

To find out more about commissioning work with children of prisoners, please email Tim Carter: tim.carter@barnardos.org.uk.