Birmingham Family
Case Study

November 13th, 2016

“You are among the nicest people I have ever known, both staff and volunteers. You will never be forgotten for the thoughtfulness you have shown”

November 13th, 2016

“You are all so kind and made me feel like a respected human being again and not just a prisoner’s wife. Believe me that was so comforting and humbling.”

June 3rd, 2016

The charity HALOW (Birmingham) operates a designated help and support line for the families and friends of prisoners at HMP Birmingham on 0121 598 8050

A mother and father entered the Visitors’ Centre on an afternoon enquiring about their son who had recently come into the prison. They had telephoned the booking line the day before but were unsuccessful in booking a visit as their son had not filled in the necessary paperwork with their names, addresses, dates of birth and relationship to him to be added to his visiting list.

As this had been the first time their son had ever been to prison, they came to the Visitors’ Centre in person to get some more information on the visiting procedure, the rules and regulations of the prison, and also to find out again whether their names had been added to the system.

Firstly, we took the prisoners details from the visitors, including his full name, prison number and the names of the visitors and their dates of birth. As their details had been updated onto the system we were able to book a visit for the following evening, for which they were very grateful.

On return of their visit, a confirmation slip was provided to them with an information pack, a list of all the visiting times that we offer as well as explaining to them the rules about identification needed, the visits procedure, how to send in letters and postal orders.

After booking the visit and going through these details the mother and father explained how they felt they had a better understanding of what they had to do to visit their son and were a lot more reassured about visiting and keeping as regular contact with him as they could whilst he was in prison.

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A family from the travelling community has been attending Homework Club at HMP Oakwood FPC each Tuesday evening for 12 months; within the family are two boys aged 5 and 3. The elder boy would enter the centre initially quite boisterous, running in and out of the play area, around the tables where people eat, pushing his little brother around on a

A young mother was observed with two small children. The eldest (2 years old) was seen to be running around, letting himself out of the doors, taking toys from other children and not responding to his mothers requests. The Children’s Worker (CW) talked with the mother and found out the child had autism – she explained he struggled wit

Macmillian Cake and Coffee afternoons

The Staff and visitors at HMP Oakwood Family Pathway Centre rasied a total of £253 during our Macmillan cake and coffee afternoons, “thank you for your support to a good cause”. for more information visit Macmillan’s website: www.macmillan.org.uk

HMP Oakwood's Community Engagement

Over the last few weeks, the children have been creating their own tree decorations for the HMP Oakwood Family Pathway Christmas Tree. Once dressed, the FPC tree took part in a Christmas Tree Festival at a local church near to Stafford. Over 40 trees were exhibited in the church over the weekend of the 2nd to the 4th December 2016. The FPC tree was

Xmas Arts and Crafts

Over the past few weeks the children have been making and personalising their own stockings to display next to the Oakwood fire place in the Family Pathway Centre, create a warm relaxing display.

Oakwood Supporting Children who Visit

One of our prisoners has a family of 4 children, two girls and two boys. The oldest boy who is 7 years old suffers from severe Autism. Before we took up our posts as children’s workers his mother told us that he would become quite anxious waiting to be called through for the visit. He would listen for his group to be called and would get anxious wa

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