Children with a family member in prison: staff factsheet

Make sure your staff know why this is a safeguarding issue, what they should look out for, and what they can do to support pupils.

Last reviewed on 10 August 2023
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Use this factsheet to make sure staff are clear on:

  • Why this is a safeguarding issue they need to be aware of
  • What signs they should look out for
  • How they can support affected pupils 

You could either use it as a basis for talking about the issue at a staff meeting, or send it round for staff to read themselves. Before you share it, make sure you edit the last bullet point to reflect your school's procedures.

Want to make it more interactive? 

If you want to have more of a discussion about the issue at a staff meeting, try these questions:

  • What warning signs that a child isn't coping would you look out for?
  • How might the fact that a child isn't coping affect their learning?
  • As a school, how can we make sure we're aware when a child has a parent or family member in prison?
  • What can we do to create a positive environment free of bullying and stigma?
  • What do we need to consider when dealing with poor behaviour in a child who has a parent or family member in prison?
  • Have you had experience working with a child who had a parent in prison? Can you tell us about that experience, particularly how you came to be aware of it, and how that child was supported?

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... use our safeguarding scenario on children with a family member in prison to get your staff to put the learning into practice.

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