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Schools can do more for prisoners' children, says head

[2019.07.12, Fri 02:00] An education pack aimed at reducing trauma and stigma for children with a family member in prison should be in "Every school in Wales", according to a head teacher. The charity wants schools to be able to spot when a child is struggling, and combat bullying. "We recognised about five or six years ago that it's not necessarily just a mother or father, but actually a brother or sister going into prison or even just a close family member can have as much if not more of an impact on a child or young person." Barnardo's Cymru youth worker Stacy Huston described the stigma and isolation that often results from a parent's crime and imprisonment as a "Hidden sentence" for children. Staff at HMP Parc in Bridgend said they were also working to reduce the impact of inmates' imprisonment on children in their family. Between 400 and 500 children pass through their visitor centre every week, and the prison has built a play area, established a scout group, and worked with about 12 schools to arrange teacher-parent evenings within the prison walls. G4S's head of family interventions at Parc, Corin Morgan-Armstrong said: "You can help their children be happier, healthier, and better at school." Google the news >>

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