Ormiston Families’ Breaking Barriers service provides support for children and young people affected by the imprisonment of a close family member.

Tailored one-to-one support reduces anxiety around prison, supports emotional wellbeing and school attendance.

By providing a safe space for them to talk, play and express themselves, we enable children and young people to explore their feelings and break down some of the barriers which may prevent them from maintaining positive ties with their imprisoned family member.

For professionals

Our Breaking Barriers team can also provide talks and presentations to teachers, social workers, police officers and other professionals, to help them understand the ‘hidden sentence’ which is often endured by children and young people with a parent or family member in prison.

An estimated 310,000 children every year have a parent in prison in England and Wales and 10,000 visits are made by children to our public prisons every week.

Read the Cambridge Institute of Criminology’s evaluation of our Breaking Barriers service:

Breaking Barriers

Contact us

To make a referral, book a talk or for a general discussion about the service, please contact a member of our team in the area in which the affected child or young person is resident: