So, what’s the conclusion?

What do we make, then, of the issue of invisible children?

invisiblechildrenFirst, there has been a failure to identify the social, educational, health and other needs of the invisible children of prisoners.

When they do not cope, it may be difficult to find agencies and services which understand and are able to respond to their needs. For example, at one agency we visited, the Office of the Commissioner for Children, we were asked how these children were different from other disadvantaged children. This is a good question and has a number of potential responses.

At PILLARS we have built up a considerable experience of helping these children and their families.

The most important response, however, is that these children are severely at risk of ending up in prison like their parents.

With an expanding prison population, these children are the first in line to take their parents’ places. We must develop strategies to stop this damaging cycle.

Now it’s your turn

What do you conclude, after reading and thinking about invisible children? Any comment you’d like to make, in the box below, we would appreciate.

Do you have any experience with these disadvantaged children? Share that in the comment area. We’d really like to hear from you. Thanks.

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