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November 2022

Child Impact Assessment

This Child Impact Assessment was co-created by Prison Reform Trust Associate and Churchill Fellow Sarah Beresford together with women supported by the Merseyside Women’s Services Alliance, children supported by Time-Matters UK, and staff from Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership’s Family Matters.

Child Impact Assessments are not intended to influence sentencing, but they can ensure that sentencers have a fuller picture of circumstances when making crucial decisions; expand awareness of the impact of imprisonment on children; and increase the consideration, and use, of community-based measures.

The pilot project to implement and evaluate the Child Impact Assessment is funded by the Churchill Fellowship Activate Fund.

Revised edition published in November 2022