In developing and developed countries alike, there is increasing awareness of prisoner’s conditions and rehabilitation. However, there is relatively little focus on, or provision for, the children who are left behind as a result. It is as if these innocent children, known as ‘invisible victims’, receive a sentence of their own whilst their parents are in jail.
The Global Fund for Forgotten People provides support for an after school project which gives educational support and develops social skills for children whose parents are in prison. The children are, mostly, from the Roma community, from single parent families or being cared for by their grandparents or relatives. The families of the children are offered information about the importance of education, health, balanced diet and the importance of social integration.