Families Apart




Important Changes to the Families Apart Service

 Kingston WelCare have been delivering the Families Apart Service on behalf of Kingston Children and families Services since 2009.

As we enter the 2018-19 financial year it is with much regret that we have been forced to close this unique and valued support service to Kingston families and professional. As a result of AFC’s decision to withdraw the project’s funding, we are therefore unable to take any further referrals.

As of April 2018 families seeking local support should telephone the contact centre for:

Kingston Council on 020 8547 5000 and request family support.

 Families may also wish to contact Offenders Families Helpline- A national helpline offering information and support to anyone with a relative or a friend in prison. Telephone 0808 808 2003 (free phone) or visit their website www.offendersfamilieshelpline.org.uk  for more specific Prisoner Family Support.

Kingston WelCare remains a source of support for local parents, however we will no longer be able to offer 1 to 1 case work support to Prisoner families nor consultative advice and monthly e-bulletins to Kingston professionals.


We would like to wish all our past and current families the very best for the future. It has been our pleasure to support you all.

Kingston WelCare will continue to seek new Funding to deliver further support to Prisoner families.

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  • 60% of the prison population has dependent children
  • 200,000 children/young people in England and Wales have a parent in prison.
  • Children/young people with a parent in prison are more likely to suffer with mental health problems than their peers.
  • This group of children may feel worry, shame, anger, embarrassment, confusion, fear, sadness, grief, relief, guilt, burden, worthlessness.


Families Apart is a project managed by Kingston Parenting charity, Kingston WelCare. The project offers practical and emotional support to local families who may be struggling with a variety of issues as a result of a close member of the family being imprisoned.

As well as direct work with families, the project offers a consultation service to Kingston professionals and agencies working with prisoners’ families and promotes awareness of the needs of children and young people with a close relative in prison through training and regular e-bulletins.