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Children with a parent in prison England and Wales: A hidden population of young carers

Leeson, Caroline ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5402-4660 and Morgan, Julia (2019) Children with a parent in prison England and Wales: A hidden population of young carers. Child Care in Practice. p. 1.

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There are over 200,000 children in the UK who are affected by parental imprisonment (Barnardo’s, 2014). Children with a parent in prison are expected to engage in a great deal of physical and emotional caring to support their family, work which often has a negative impact on their own physical and emotional wellbeing as well as their academic achievement. In this paper, the caring experiences of children with a parent in prison are explored using Dani and De Haan’s (2007) model of structural inequality to argue that the stigma and isolation experienced by children with a parent in prison is the consequence of a lack of political will to acknowledge the needs of a highly vulnerable group of children. It is contended that extending the eligibility criteria for young carers to include this group of children would significantly help to raise awareness, reduce stigma and offer effective support, thereby creating a more inclusive state. Whilst there is recognition of substantial deficits in the support offered to young carers, nevertheless, as a community, young carers are perceived more positively by society, meaning they have more constructive regard and fewer barriers to services than currently experienced by children with a parent in prison.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Child Care in Practice, on 18/11/2019 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13575279.2019.1680531"
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13575279.2019.1680531
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > L Education (General)
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4186

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