Children of Prisoners

The Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) recognises that children with a parent in prison are at risk of experiencing poor outcomes comparable with those of looked after children.  This cohort of children was made a priority of the Board following a number of awareness raising events held in 2015/16 in partnership with the CYP Trust Board and charity iHop.  In response to this, the LSCB established a multi-agency Task and Finish Group to order to identify a way of ensuring that this particular cohort of children is recognised and offered an appropriate level of support when a parent/carer is incarcerated.

The work undertaken led to the development of a pathway to ensure an offer of support is made.  This was shared with multi-agency partners throughout its development, providing the opportunity for comments and suggestions, with appropriate amendments made along the way.

The pathway, available below was launched on Wednesday 15 November, as part of Child Grief Awareness week.

Children of prisoners - pathway to offer support

Related information/resources:


i-Hop is an information service delivered by Barnardo's, providing information, advice and guidance for all professionals working with children and families of offenders.  The knowledge hub brings together all relevant and up-to-date resources to support professionals, including local service details; practice examples; policy frameworks; events/training; and resources to use with families.

All of this information can be accessed here:


POPs (Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group) support services at all stages of the criminal justice system, from the arrest of a loved one through to the first steps towards resettlement.

For more information, visit:

Making referrals

Access information and guidance on the procedures for carrying out assessments and making referrals in Lancashire: Assessment and referrals