As a Social Worker, it can be challenging to engage with prisons when a parent has been incarcerated. We know from talking to practitioners that this can create additional obstacles and challenges for our practice. This is a quick guide to interacting with parents in prisons if you’re not sure where to start.

The imprisonment of a household member is seen as one of the 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) known to have a significant impact on children. Therefore, it is very likely that you will have already or will in the future come across this in your work.

The main objective behind this go-to guide is to make it accessible for Social Workers to remain in contact with parents of children who are known to the Local Authority. It is imperative for social workers to remember that being in prison does not mean parents lose Parental Responsibility of their children and they should seek to work with these parents as they do with parents in the community.

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