Advice for families with mums in prison


Every year an estimated 17,000 children experience their mum being sent to prison. Last year, 83% of women sentenced to prison had committed a non-violent crime and 62% were serving a sentence of six months or less.

A new report by the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) reveals that a mother’s imprisonment not only damages the child’s relationship with her, but can affect every area of their lives, including their housing, education, health and well-being.

Only one in 20 children whose mother is sent to prison each year is able to stay in the family home. They may be placed with a number of different carers during their mother's sentence. Many children face financial hardship and encounter significant disruption to their lives such as moving school and being separated from brothers and sisters.

There are no corresponding statistics for NI and Scotland but the Prison Reform Trust estimate that 65% of women in prison in Scotland are mothers.

Birth Companions supports women experiencing severe disadvantage during pregnancy, birth and early parenting including mothers who give birth in prison
Support for prisoners’ children
The prison reform trust believes prison should be reserved for those whose offending is so serious that they cannot serve their sentence in the community

Body dysmorphic disorder helplines

Body dysmorphic disorder helplines

NHS Choices


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

Comprehensive advice and information on BDD and OCD from NHS Choices with links to external sites.

MIND – Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mindinfoline: 0300 123 3393

Help and information about BDD

The Body Dysmorphic Foundation

Our charity is dedicated to the relief of suffering from BDD. It aims to advance education and understanding of BDD. It supports research into BDD and its treatments. Whilst we are based in the UK, our reach is international and we are proud to be the only charity for BDD in the world. You’re not alone. BDD is a recognised clinical condition, and it is treatable. This website may help you find the answers to your questions.

BODY Charity

BODY is a national charitable organisation that actively celebrates individuality and strives to cure those with Body disorders. We believe in 'Being One Distinguished You' because we are ALL unique and we are ALL beautiful. On this website, you'll find everything you need to know about our FREE therapy and how we help people directly. This includes: Support groups for loved ones and carers. Self help classes. One on one therapy. Creative expressive therapy workshops and our BODY Buddy national befriending system.



OCD-UK works independently working with and for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, their objective is to make a positive and meaningful difference in the everyday lives of people affected by OCD by providing accessible and effective support services and by campaigning for improved access and quality treatment and care.

Anxiety UK

Helpline: 08444 775 774

About Anxiety:


Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. We work regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve services for those living with anxiety disorders. We also campaign to raise awareness of anxiety disorders.

Drug addiction helplines

Drug addiction helplines

Drug addiction

Drug addiction helplines9:27 - 16 APR 2018Use our helplines to find more information and advice on drug addiction

NHS Choices – Drugs

Drugs Overview


Drug Addiction Support

Cannabis - the facts

Legal highs

Find services for drug addiction support that are right for you or someone you know. Provide your postcode to search for the nearest Drug addiction support service.

Royal College of Psychiatrists - Cannabis and Mental Health

This leaflet looks at the research on the effects of cannabis use and mental health and is for anyone who is concerned about the issue. We hope that this will help people to make informed choices about using - or not using - cannabis.

GovUK – Drugs & Driving – The Law

Drug driving law

It’s illegal to drive if you are either unfit to do so because you’re on legal or illegal drugs or you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they haven’t affected your driving). Legal drugs are prescription or over-the-counter medicines. If you’re taking them and not sure if you should drive, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional


Drug driving

THINK! provides road safety information for road users. Our aim is to encourage safer behaviour to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads every year.

Talk to Frank

Helpline: 0300 123 6600

How do I know if I've got a problem?



Over the Counter Painkillers

Legal highs

Smart drugs

Offers free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day. Helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don't).

The Mix

Helpline: 0808 808 4994

What are legal highs?

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all. So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. Because you can. Because you’re awesome.

We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs. We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.


Helpline: 0800 1111


ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chatwith us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.

Drugwise Cannabis - Legal Highs

Provides drug information which is topical, evidence-based and non-judgemental – and to promote this through media work, public speaking and lecturing.

Action on Addiction


Prescription and over the counter drugs


Provides help and information to families and individuals who are worried about alcohol or drug misuse problems.

Breast cancer screening helpline


Up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not receive invitations to a final routine breast cancer screening. Speaking in the Commons, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt said 450,000 women aged 68-71 had failed to get invitations since 2009, due to a computer error.

The NHS intended to contact these women if they were still living in the UK and registered with a GP by the end of May, with the first 65,000 letters going out this week.

Jeremy Hunt said anyone who does not receive a letter this month is not likely to have been affected. Those under the age of 72 will receive an appointment letter informing them of the time and date.

Those over 72 will be offered access to a helpline to decide if it will be beneficial for them.

If you're concerned you can call the breast screening helpline number 0800 169 2692.

Go the NHS Choices website for more information.

Miscarriage and baby loss helplines

Baby loss helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on baby loss.

Sands (Stillbirth & neonatal death charity)

Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. We operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is here to provide support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.


We are the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We also provide information for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye provides comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.

Sexually transmitted infection helplines

Use our helplines to find more advice and information about STIs

NHS Choices – STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infection)

Sexually transmitted infections

Find your local sexual health of GUM clinic

Find everything you need to know about Sexually Transmitted Infections including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment with links to external websites.

NHS Choices


Genital warts

Herpes simplex



Comprehensive information on Herpes Simplex including causes, diagnosis, treatment and links to external websites.

National Chlamydia Screening Programme

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK, affecting both men and women. You don’t need to have had lots of sexual partners to be at risk. On this site you will be able to learn more about chlamydia, the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) and be able to access local services for chlamydia screening.

Sexual Health Helpline: 0300 123 7123

Free and confidential sexual health advice and services for under-25s.

Family Planning Association

STIs help


Genital warts




Confidential information and advice and a wide range of booklets on individual methods of contraception, common sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion and planning a pregnancy. Details of contraception, sexual health and genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics and sexual assault referral centres.

Never Too Late To Tell grooming helplines

Never Too Late To Tell grooming helplines



The NSPCC has information about grooming available here:


The Children’s Society

Stop CSE



The NSPCC helpline is available if you’re worried about achild, even if you’re unsure, contact their professional counsellor’s 24/7 forhelp, advice and support.

NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000 or email

Internet Matter parental controls

Muslim Women's Network UK - 0121 236 9000 / 07415 206936 /07779 358 131

Childline 0800 1111

Rape Crisis 0808 802 9999

Domestic violence helplines for women

Domestic violence helplines

Domestic violence is a crime.

If you are in immediate danger always call the police, and always dial 999 if it is an emergency. They have a duty to protect and help you.

If you visit any of these websites, please read the hide your visit / cover your tracks / safety information – or click on Exit Website.

24hr Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Refuge and Women's Aid)

Freephone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)


Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

Recognising abuse

Thirty-five years ago Refuge set up the world's first refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence. Since then, Refuge has grown to become the largest provider of emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children in the country and the leading voice in the campaign to end domestic violence.

Women's Aid Federation of England

Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

Emotional abuse

For women who are experiencing or have experienced physical, mental, sexual or domestic violence or abuse. Offers advice, support and crisis intervention to abused women.

Scottish Women’s Aid

Office: 0131 226 6606

Scottish Women's Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. We play a vital role campaigning and lobbying for effective responses to domestic abuse. An important aspect of our work is ensuring that women and children who have experienced domestic abuse get the services they need, both from local Women’s Aid groups and from the agencies they are likely to contact. Our members are local Women’s Aid groups which provide specialist services to women, children and young people. These include safe refuge accommodation, information and support. For queries relating to our policy or campaign work please contact us, for support if you are experiencing abuse please contact Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline.

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline

Helpline number: 0800 027 1234

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We support anyone in Scotland who has experienced, or is at risk of experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as those concerned about someone they know experiencing these. We can discuss your options and provide contact details to relevant support agencies. We will help you regardless of age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or background. If English is not your first language, we can speak to you through a confidential translation service.

Victim Support Helpline

Helpline: 0845 30 30 900

Domestic abuse

We don’t just help people who’ve recently experienced domestic abuse – we’re here to support both men and women, weeks, months and years afterwards. All of our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who's experienced domestic violence.

The Hideout

Website for children and young people witnessing domestic violence

Live Fear Free – All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline

Helpline: 0800 802 4040

Types of domestic abuse

The helpline provides a bilingual free and confidential information and support service for women, children and men in Wales who are experiencing or who have experienced abuse at the hands of someone close to them.

Northern Ireland Women’s Aid Federation

25hr Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline: 0808 802 1414

Women’s Aid provides a wide range of services to women and children affected by domestic violence throughout Northern Ireland. We offer a safe place to stay in refuges or outreach support for those remaining at home. Children’s physical and emotional needs are met through many types of support.