Dealing with a relative’s imprisonment may be particularly hard for older children who tend to have a better understanding of the situation and may experience many negative effects as a result, such as bullying, social isolation, stigma and embarrassment. This can affect them both at home and at school.
The Nepacs youth project, funded by Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need, aims to support these young people – aged eight to 18 years.
We appreciate that some young people benefit from talking to others in a similar situation or by getting away from their normal daily lives and taking part in external activities. The project offers a range of opportunities for young people to receive support, including:
Youth zones at Frankland, Holme House and Low Newton visitors’ centres where youth workers offer support and facilities for young people visiting prison. These rooms/ zones provide an area to relax in and meet other young people in a similar situation.
Special family/child visits - Our youth workers also help out on special family/child visits to provide fun, age appropriate activities for older children and their parents.
External activities which take place at weekends and during school holidays, provide a break for young people and their carers, and the chance to make new friends, learn new skills, and boost their confidence. These include ice skating, climbing, laser quest, paintballing and walking. We also take a group of young people on residential breaks at least once a year.
One to one support - If you need someone to talk to our trained youth workers are available within the youth zones or you can contact our youth project coordinator (see below for details).
Our youth team also works with other agencies, including schools, health professionals and local authorities to provide advice and support on how best to help young people impacted by a parent’s or relative’s imprisonment.
If you are concerned about a young person who has been impacted by a family member’s imprisonment, please get in touch with our youth project coordinator Joe Iancu on 0191 332 3810, mobile 07964 959959 or email.