We were delighted to co-host the 200,000 Reasons to Care Event in collaboration with Clinks, POPS, Nepacs, Spurgeons, Jigsaw, Storybook Dads and Barnardo's. We'd like to say a big thank you to all of the speakers, attendees and to Justice Minister Andrew Selous for speaking about how parental imprisonment impacts children and families. 

When the Minister attended the 200,000 Reasons to Care Event, he heard from Ebony Brown just what it was like to grow up with a parent in prison. Ebony (pictured above) told the Minister and the assembled audience of experts, about the reality of life with a family member in prison.

She urged everyone in the room to sign the 'Our Voice' charter for children and young people affected by the imprisonment of a family member, saying: "The charter to me personally is one of the best things when it comes to the children of prisoners and I'm not saying this because I helped to make it, but for the fact that in short simple words, from the mouths of those affected, it tells you how they feel and how they feel they should be treated."

She went on to say, "I didn't have anyone to speak to about it, I never really understood until I was older what was going on and my mum was always too stressed or pre occupied for me to ask. 

That is just one reason I believe in the charter and why I wanted to be a part of it. I feel like as a child I deserved to be supported through that traumatic time in my life. I feel that young people and children should be aware of changes to their lives before the rest of the world. Don't you all think children and young people should have a voice when it comes to down to it?" 

If you would like to find out more about the charter and find out how you can pledge your support, please click here