Children of prisoners – Fixing a broken system
When the criminal justice system and the courts put a parent in prison, it generates problems for the child(ren),
family members, schools and children’s services. But the two arms of the state don’t speak to each other.
There is no system to facilitate communication between the courts which sentence people and bodies with
responsibilities for children. It is not beyond the wit of public services to join the dots, and the impact on the
welfare of children would be profound were they to do so.