A report which calls on the government to strengthen family ties to help offenders turn their lives around and protect public safety, has been published today.
The Farmer Review, written by Lord Farmer after being commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, examines how engagement with families in male prisons across England and Wales could reduce reoffending and address intergeneration crime.
The full press release by the Ministry of Justice can be found here:
Leading East of England family charity, Ormiston Families, which services include working with offenders to help maintain positive relationships between them and their families, were asked to contribute to the review.
Ormiston Families comment:
Mark Proctor, service director at Ormiston Families, said: “We were delighted to contribute to the Farmer Report.
“We wholeheartedly welcome the recommendations that families can be a great asset in reducing the risk of reoffending. The odds of reoffending are 39% lower for prisoners who receive visits from a partner or family member, than for prisoners who have not received such visits.
“The Farmer Review concludes that quality family services will help people turn away from crime and will support families to cope.
“Ormiston Families already delivers a number of services to the families of prisoners and those on probation through our Unite Programme. These include overseeing children’s visits in dedicated playrooms at prisons across the region, Storybook Dads, where fathers in prisons can record a story for their children to listen to at home, and family liaison to deal with any concerns the family may have. We also provide support to offenders and their families through the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme.
“There are 200,000 children in the UK with a parent in prison. This is more than the number affected by divorce and highlights why these services are so important. Part of our work includes one-to-one support for children and young people affected by family imprisonment.
“We hope the recommendations made in this report will play a significant part in any prison reforms from now on.”
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About Ormiston Families
Ormiston Families is the leading family charity in the East of England, providing services to support children and young people who face the very real dangers of social exclusion.
Identifying and responding to the needs of children, whatever challenges they face, the charity’s vision is of a world in which every child will be loved, nurtured and valued.
Ormiston Families’ work includes children’s centres, providing children’s visits across the region’s prisons and support for parents through a range of parenting courses.