Children Affected by Parental Offending (CAPO)

In every community, there are families grappling with the challenges of having a loved one in prison. If your family is navigating this difficult journey, you’re not alone. At South Bristol Children’s Centres, we’re here to support you. Our dedicated CAPO Champions are ready to listen and offer non-judgmental advice and assistance.

At South Bristol Children’s Centres, we pride ourselves on our compassionate staff, known as ‘CAPO Champions,’ who are available to provide guidance and support. These champions are committed to helping children and their families at any point in the criminal justice process.

You’ll find a CAPO Champion at every Children’s Centre throughout South Bristol, as well as within certain educational and support services. We’re here to ensure that no family has to face these challenges without support.

What do we offer?

At South Bristol Children’s Centres, our CAPO Champions are well-trained and deeply understand the critical need for support among families and children impacted by offenses and the criminal justice system.

Our CAPO Champions are here to provide:

  • A welcoming, safe, and non-judgmental environment for open conversation
  • Tools and resources to aid children and their parents/carers affected by the offending of a family member or significant other, including guidance on discussing sensitive topics with children and managing their emotional responses
  • Financial advice to navigate the challenges that may arise during these times
  • Support and guidance for prison visits, including how to maintain contact with an incarcerated loved one
  • Assistance in navigating the criminal justice system, making the process more comprehensible
  • Referrals to additional services that can offer further help and support

Please contact us for more information.

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