Parental rights in prison project

A new service to support men and women in north east prisons to help strengthen their ties with their family and loved ones has been launched by Nepacs. 

Nepacs has established the ‘Parental Rights in Prison’ project thanks to a two year grant from Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).

The new project will support prisoners’ family ties through providing accurate and timely information on their legal rights to child contact, advocacy and case work for imprisoned parents who wish to sustain their relationship with their children who are in the care of the local authority or with family or other loved ones. They will also help individuals come to terms with separation from children when this is deemed the best course of action by the courts.

The project will also produce training materials for professionals working in the criminal justice sector around parents and their rights in both public and private legal processes.  This material will be coproduced with parents with lived experience.

Our new project is based at HMP&YOI Low Newton and will work alongside Nepacs’ existing family support staff across the region, as well as with other key agencies and Ben Hoare Bell Solicitors to ensure that potentially life changing decisions about child contact are informed by accurate and considered legal advice.

To make a referral to the project please email HERE.