1 – Children of imprisoned primary carers

The Prison Reform Trust and ERSC has funded a series of films which will inform sentencing professionals about the impacts of primary carer imprisonment on children. They are looking for organisations to support the films, including with hosting online.

Based on academic research conducted at the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University, the films include interviews with women who have been in prison, their mothers who cared for their children, a teenager whose mother was imprisoned when she was younger, members of the judiciary, magistracy, probation, solicitors and barristers. The film will explain the law and the duty on sentencers to consider dependent children, and will also set out what information primary carers should provide to their lawyers/ probation/ the sentencer.

If you are interested in supporting this project by hosting the films on your website alongside an accompanying PDF please contact Dr Shona Minson at shona.minson@crim.ox.ac.uk

2 – Children in custody

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published ‘Children in Custody 2016–17’, an annual report on the experiences of detained children aged 12 to 18.

A total of 720 children completed the surveys that led to the report. It finds that too many boys spend all day locked inside their cell, and in Young Offenders Institutes 39% of boys said they had felt unsafe, a fall on last year’s figure of 46%. The Chief Inspector, Peter Clarke, expressed concern at the continuing disproportionality in the numbers of black, Asian and minority ethnic children imprisoned.

You can find the full report on the HMIP website.