We enable imprisoned parents to maintain meaningful contact with their children, which helps to keep families in touch and reduces reoffending.

How? Parents create bedtime story discs and other precious gifts such as Memory Books which are sent to their children.

Why? We believe that incarcerating a parent should not involve punishing their child. In addition, maintaining family ties and reducing reoffending are inextricably linked. Over half of prisoners lose contact with their families but those that maintain contact are up to 6 times less likely to reoffend!

Where? Since we started in 2003, we’ve rolled out their scheme out to over 100 UK prisons (including women’s prisons as Storybook Mums)

Why vote for them?

Each year over 200,000 children have to cope with the imprisonment of a parent. Feelings of shame and abandonment can leave them confused and lonely and can be devastating to their well-being and performance at school. These children are one of the most disadvantaged groups in society and yet the issue is rarely acknowledged, let alone addressed. Storybook Dads gives imprisoned parents the chance to bring comfort to these vulnerable children whilst also helping to literacy skills for both parent and child. Last year we helped over 17,700 prisoners and children.

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