Sarah Beresford

Fellow’s Profile

Sarah Beresford

Fellow’s Profile

Sarah Beresford

The role of schools in supporting families affected by imprisonment

Fellowship

Focus

Supporting the families of imprisoned offenders through school support programmes

Fellowship year

2012

Locality

North West

Biography

My Fellowship was inspired by three children whose mother was sentenced to life in prison. As the teacher responsible for their pastoral care, I was shocked that the children's needs were not considered at any stage of the criminal justice system. As a direct result of my Fellowship, in which I explored the role of schools in supporting families affected by imprisonment, I joined Scottish charity Families Outside as its Child and Family Support Manager, with a focus on increasing support for children with a family member in prison. Since 2015, I have worked as an independent consultant specialising in children affected by imprisonment. As an associate of the Prison Reform Trust (PRT), my recent focus is on children with a mother in prison. In July 2018, PRT published my report (What About Me?) which highlights the devastating impact of maternal imprisonment on children. I am currently exploring the use of Child Impact Assessments for children with a primary carer in the criminal justice system and hope to influence policymakers to ensure children are considered in criminal justice processes. My Fellowship profoundly changed my life, and the children I met during my travels continue to inspire me.

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All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.

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