Pact is delighted to announce the interim findings of an independent evaluation of our Visiting Mum project - a project made possible by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered in partnership with Sova, which supports children in Wales to visit their mums at Eastwood Park Prison. 

The evaluation, carried out by Dr Alyson Rees, Dr Eleanor Staples & Dr Nina Maxwell, has so far found the project to be:

A vital service, which is highly valued by children, mothers and carers.

To date, the project has supported 150 children and 89 mothers to have a total of 220 visits - visits that otherwise would likely not have been possible due to the distance, time and expense of the journey from Wales to Eastwood Park prison in Gloucestershire.

Some highlights from the interim findings are that:

  • The Visiting Mum scheme reduces the anxieties of children; most children worry about how their mother is coping.
  • Children feel less intimidated by the prison environment, better supported and the Visiting Mum scheme improves the experience of visiting their mothers in prison.
  • Children believe that the Visiting Mum scheme has helped to preserve and in some cases strengthen their relationship with their mother.
  • The less formal, longer visits that the Visiting Mum scheme provides facilitate a more intimate and nurturing environment for mothers, children and carers.

To read more about the interim findings, please click here to download in English, and click here to download in Welsh. To find out more about our Visiting Mum project please contact our Head of Service Delivery and Development for Wales [email protected].

We look forward to announcing the full evaluation findings in the coming months.