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This page is for young people and children who have relatives or loved-ones in prison. There is further support and advice for families of young people on our Family Support page.
Where to Go For
A guide to support services for young people in Brighton and Hove
Youth Advice Service
One stop advice shop on all issues affecting young people including family support, emotional support, housing, benefits 0800 721 0789 (free from landline but there will be costs if using a mobile) or 07912 271160. Drop in centre – for times see website.
Local Mentor Support: A recent scheme called ‘Positive Placements’ is offering a chance for young people aged 16-25 the opportunity to work one to one with an adult mentor to develop confidence, life skills, writing a CV, support in education, training or routes to employment. Contact number: Brighton and Hove: o7850509702, Horsham: 07392 879247, Mid Sussex: 07881013758, Guildford: 07894405567, Crawley: 07850509702.
Advice and information for young people in West Sussex
Advice and information for young people in East Sussex on everything from choosing options to contraception.
NATIONAL WEBSITES & HELPLINES
Information for children and young people about emotional health and well-being.
Muslim Youth Helpline
Free and confidential faith and culturally sensitive support services targeted at vulnerable young people in the UK. Monday to Friday 6pm-12am’, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-12am 0808 808 2008
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6pm-12am; Saturday and Sunday 12pm-12am 0808 808 2008.
The UK’s free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn.
0808 808 4994 (open from 1pm-11pm)
BOOKS & RESOURCES
Postcards exclusively designed for Sussex Prisoners’ Families by children’s author, Guy Parker-Rees. Helping families stay in touch during a prison sentence.
A Resource for Working with Prisoners’ Children
An information and resource pack from ihop Barnardo’s to use with children who have a parent in prison. An overview of the issues and some useful activities to try with children. Great for practitioners.
A video which explains how one young person was affected by a police raid.
A Child’s Journey Worksheets
Worksheets exploring the criminal justice system through the eyes of children and young people
A children’s picture book which explores what happens when child’s dad is sent to prison.
Finding Dad (Children’s Book APF)
Book for older children.
Young People with a Parent in Prison
Booklet for young people
Videos for children about imprisonment from a Pact – a charity that supports families
Resources for children and professionals from children’s charity Ormiston
Sesame street Incarceration toolkit
Resources to help children cope with the imprisonment of a loved one/