How it happens

How does a child become “invisible”?

Three ways children become “invisible”

invisiblechildrenThere seem to be three levels of invisibility that children may suffer.

  1. The first is institutional invisibility, wherein the policies and practices of government agencies are blind to, or ignore, the needs of the children of prisoners.
  2. The second form is where children lose contact with, or rarely visit, prisoner parents against their will.
  3. The third form of invisibility is where children have one or more unmet needs which result from their situation which are not recognised as being the result of the incarceration of a parent. Emotional and conduct problems often fall into this category.
Invisible children you have seen

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