The aim of the project is to reduce the number of children being taken into care when a mother goes to prison


An evaluation of having a social worker based in two women’s prisons to support mothers in (i) HMP Eastwood Park and (ii) HMP Send. The project aims to support mothers’ involvement with their children, retain their foothold in decision making, support children visiting and plan for release.

Activities and Methods

We will be interviewing- social workers, mothers in prison, mothers released, carers and children. We will be surveying practitioners in the community and mothers accessing the service.  We will also be collecting demographic data about mothers accessing the service. The evaluation runs until 2024. In year 2 we will be interviewing prison governors to see how well embedded the project is.


None yet. First interim review due Summer 2022.

Lead Person

Principal InvestigatorAlyson Rees

Academic Staff

Academic StaffZoe Bezeczky
Academic StaffCharlotte Waits
Related Documents Rees, A., Staples, E. and Maxwell, N. 2017. Evaluation of Visiting Mum Scheme: Final Report June 2017. Project Report. [Online]. Cardiff: CASCADE. Available at:

Rees, al. 2020. Visiting mum: children’s perspectives on a supported scheme when visiting their mother in prison. Child Care in Practice (10.1080/13575279.2020.1769025)