This report presents the case studies of 15 families in Devon where the father is in prison.
The report aims to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family, and also seeks to influence other agencies about the needs of these children. Based on in depth interviews with mothers and children, the report draws out some of the main impacts associated with having a father in prison - impact on the mother, impact on the children, maintaining invisibility, visiting and support. The report identifies learning points emerging from the interviews, which include poverty impacts on families, children knowing about prison and support networks. The report includes extensive quotes from the children and mothers interviewed.
See 'She just cries and cries' below: