Family together. Center for Children and Families
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Kraków
Voivodeship (headquarters):
małopolskie
Dates:
30-06-2022 - 30-06-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
26 999 EUR
Funding:
26 999 EUR
Outreach:
nationwide
Types of activities:
social actions and campaigns, educational activities, counselling, self-organization / self-help, psychological support
Target groups:
relatives, children, uniformed services, society

When a parent goes to prison, a child not only loses someone important. This also leads to a feeling of shame, marginalization, stigmatization, and exclusion within their age group. According to studies conducted in the UK, boys whose fathers go to prison are particularly likely to exhibit criminal conduct – 65% of people in this group turn to crime unless specialist measures are taken towards them. We are the only organization in the Małopolskie Voivodship that conducts a full range of measures to help children and families of convicts.
The main aim of the project is to take measures to counter social exclusion and marginalization of relatives of people in prison, in particular children and young people.
We will work with children and young people in groups (two age groups, 11-14 and 15-18 years) in the form of empowerment and activation workshops, a self-help group for adult relatives, and a confidential helpline. We plan to create a group of ambassadors among the older children, who will assist younger or less experienced children and will be coached to become self-advocates. We will also organize training for vocational groups that come into contact with relatives of convicts (the prison service, school education specialists, social workers, court welfare officers). We will conduct a social campaign entitled I am not responsible, but am being punished to draw attention to the needs of children of convicts among society at large.
300 children and adults who have someone in prison, and 100 people in vocational groups that come into conduct with relatives of convicts, will take part in the project.

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