This is a project to look at the needs of children in Wales with a parent in prison. We will interview parents in prison, their partners in the community, and education staff, with the aim being to create a model of good practice.

In particular the project is to review the current School Zone project in HMP Parc, as well as gathering information on other support available to children in Wales with a parent in prison.


This study is a one year project funded by Welsh Government. The research team is headed by Nancy Loucks from Families Outside (Scotland), and the team is made up of Professor Alyson Rees from CASCADE, Dr Ben Raikes (University of Huddersfield), Sarah Beresford, Polly Wright and a research associate.

Activities and Methods

We will spend two days in Parc prison finding out about the School Zone. We will undertake a literature review. We will interview parents in prison, education staff, prison staff, probation staff and children.


This Project is ongoing.

Lead Person

Principal InvestigatorNancy Loucks
Principal InvestigatorAlyson Rees
Related SchoolsN/A
Related partnersN/A
FundersWelsh Government
Related publicationsN/A
Related linksN/A
Related documentsN/A