Advice for Parents/Carers/Grandparents to cope if a parent goes to prison

If a parent goes to prison, it can have a big effect on the family members left to look after the children. Often it is the grandparents, other parent or carer who take on the pressure and responsibilities of the missing parent.

Telling a child that their parent has gone to prison can be a difficult conversation, but remember children and young people are very good at digging for information if you don’t tell them they will try and make sense of the little information they have and may well come to the wrong conclusions. 

The Prisoners' Families Helpline has lots of information on breaking the news to children.