Prionsers’ kids are victims

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CHILDREN of prisoners are the unseen victims of crime in society.

So says Tam Baillie, the Scottish Children’s Commissioner and author of the report Not Seen, Not Heard, Not Guilty.

He will deliver this year’s public lecture for support group Nepacs.

It takes place today at 5.30pm at the Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University.

Helen Attewell, of Nepacs, said: “Ministry of Justice figures suggest that about 200,000 children are affected by the imprisonment of a parent each year.

“We do what we can to make the experience of visiting a prison as positive as possible for children, with toys, crafts and activities for all ages.

“But feeling scared and uncertain about a visit adds to difficulties children may experience in the community when a parent is imprisoned.”