Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

Protecting children whose mothers are in prison


Most children with a dad in prison can stay at home with their mother, but only 5% of children whose mums go to prison stay in the family home. The Human Rights Committee is hearing heart-breaking evidence from mums who’ve been in prison, often for non-violent offences, and from the children separated from their mothers, on the impact and disruption going into care, or   moving home and school has had on their lives. Our committee will shortly be reporting and making recommendations to the Government about how we make sure that fewer mothers go to prison and the courts properly take children into account when sentencing.

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