Current Doctor Who Peter Capaldi is to narrate a new documentary – ‘Prison, My Parents And Me’ for Children In Need.
This special programme gives a voice to a group of young people who reveal what it’s really like to lose a parent to the criminal justice system.
Peter says: “I am proud to be supporting BBC Children in Need and the Prison, My Parents & Me documentary, I hope that the film raises the profile of those working to support children who have a parent in prison – as well as highlighting what still needs to be done.”
Bafta-nominated film-maker Catey Sexton gives a humane and sensitive insight into the lives of those often lost in the system and reveals how prisoners’ children are twice as likely to suffer from poor mental health, while two out of three boys with a dad in prison will go on to offend themselves.
The number of children with a mum or dad in prison is growing at an alarming rate. Nearly 10,000 children visit a parent in prison every week, but whilst their parent is on the inside, outside the children are often bullied and left feeling isolated and ostracised.
With little government support for prisoners’ children, the only help comes from a small number of charities. Alex, 11, and Kyra, eight, attend a Children in Need funded support group run by the charity PSS. With the charity’s support the sisters are coming to terms with their dad’s imprisonment and are encouraged to tell him how they feel.
This film will also show that when children are given support when they are young, their futures could be bright – instead of some of them becoming the next generation of parents in prison. But other than a handful of charities and few enlightened prisons making a difference, there is still long way to go.
‘Prison, My Parents & Me’ airs on Tuesday, November 15th on BBC One at 10.45pm.
Doctor Who will also be returning to Children In Need this year with a sneak peek at this year’s Christmas Special. Tune into this year’s fundraising extravaganza on Friday, November 18th from 7:30pm.
Source: BBC Media