A call has been made for stakeholders to join hands and help provide for children with parents in prison especially infants who have mothers who are imprisoned.
Children with incarcerated parents often face discrimination, stigmatisation, poverty and limited access to financial support.
It is against this background that the ‘Our Children Our Future Trust’ is calling for a collective action to help improve the welfare of children with mothers in prison.
The trust’s chairperson Ms Williet Mabeza called for stakeholders to join hands to help protect the rights of children who have parents in prison.
Director for Social Welfare Retired Major Thuso Maphala highlighted the need to facilitate the improvement of social welfare services towards helping these children.
An estimation of two million children between the age of five and 18 in the country have a parent in prison and become seven times more likely to be involved in juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.