Prisoners' children haven't committed a crime

Every year in the UK, 200,000  children experience the imprisonment of a parent. It often leads to shame, guilt & isolation resulting in failure at school. These children are three times more prone to mental health problems than their peers. Keeping in contact can be difficult from behind bars; prisoners may be held long distances from their families. Those that maintain contact are up to 6 times less likely to re-offend.

‘My little girl was starting to forget me...’

Storybook Dads enables families to reconnect through the magic of storytelling. We help parents in prison to record bedtime stories and messages for their children on CD or DVD. For many families, these story discs are a lifeline, helping to heal rifts and build vital family relationships.  It shows the children they are loved and missed. It helps prisoners to feel valued as parents and gives them the opportunity to have a positive impact on their children’s lives.


of prisoners said that the project made their children feel happier because it showed that they were thinking of them.


of prisoners said that taking part in the project made them feel better as parents and has encouraged them to interact and read more to their children in the future.


of families said that the story CD, DVD or educational gift made the child feel closer to the absent parent or relative.

Make a donation

Please select a donation amount: *
Set up a regular payment Donate