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Support for childrens whose mothers have been in prison examined

6 March 2019

The Joint Committee on Human Rights holds third evidence session to examine how children are affected, both long term and short term, by the imprisonment of their mother and what it is like for women to be pregnant in prison.

Purpose of the session

This evidence session will focus on the support that children and their families receive when a mother or primary carer is imprisoned:

  • are they sufficiently protected by the current legislative and guidance framework for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children?
  • How are they supported by prisons, childrens' services and schools? 

The second panel will look at the issues surrounding pregnancy and maternity for women in prison.


Wednesday 6 March 2019, Committee room 1, Palace of Westminster.

At 3.15pm

Panel 1

  • Lucy Baldwin, Senior Academic and Researcher, De Montfort University
  • Stuart Harrington, National Information Centre on Children of Offenders
  • Dr Samantha Callen, adviser to Lord Farmer

Panel 2

  • Naomi Delap, Director, Birth Companions
  • Dr Laura Abbott, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Hertfordshire and Royal College of Midwives

Further information

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