Improving prison visits for mums

An evaluation conducted at Cardiff University has examined the impact of the Visiting Mum scheme – led by Prison Advice and Care Trust and Sova – which assists Welsh children with visiting their mothers in prison. With no women-only prisons in Wales, female prisoners from South Wales are incarcerated at HMP Eastwood Park, Gloucestershire. Volunteers work with families to prepare carers and children for visiting Eastwood Park and transporting them to the prison. The scheme, which has worked with 97 mothers and 164 children, was found to improve the mental and physical health of the children, reduce their anxiety and help children to feel less intimidated by the prison environment.

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