Absent parent

When mum or dad is away from home for years

Invisible children are affected by long parent absences

invisiblechildrenOne issue that frequently arose in our research work for this project  was the concern that prison rs were often sent to prisons a long way from their home, with implications for the ability of the family to visit or, alternatively, the need of the family to move to be close to the prison.

While proximity to whanau is taken into account in sentence planning, there are a number of other factors, including space (the muster) and the availability of specialist programmes, which in reality take priority.

However, the Department of Corrections did inform us that near the end of the sentence, when the process of reintegration takes place, family factors receive a higher actual priority. It would be good if invisible children we always near their incarcerated parent.

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