The Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report looking at the harm caused to children whose mothers are in prison in England and Wales. The report finds that the child’s right to respect for family life is not always taken into account when a judge is considering sending a mother to prison. Recommendations include: that the Department for Education (DfE), and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), must revise the framework for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children so that much greater attention is paid to the needs of children and their families when mothers go to prison; that kinship carers who step in to care for children when their mothers go to prison should be entitled to financial and practical support; and mothers should be placed in prisons close to their homes.
Read the news story: Irreparable harm caused to children whose mothers are in prison
Read the report: The right to family life: children whose mothers are in prison (PDF)