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Custodial Sentences: Single Parents

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the effects on dependent children of custodial sentences for single parents. (253534)

The Government recognises that this is an important issue, especially for the children of women offenders who are more likely to be single carers. It is one of the reasons why we commissioned the Corston Review on vulnerable women in the criminal justice system. The Government have made considerable progress in taking forward the recommendations from that review, as has been reported to this House by my ministerial colleague the member for Liverpool, Garston. We agree that more should be done and we are working closely with the Department for Children, Schools and Families to ensure services join-up to meet the needs of these vulnerable children.