Angus Mulready-Jones' Story
At the age of 25, Angus travelled to the USA and Sweden to study the services available for children of imprisoned parents.
Voluntary sector manager Angus Mulready-Jones travelled to Sweden and the USA to develop the knowledge and expertise needed to develop services for prisoners and their children in the UK.
His Fellowship took him to the jails on Rikers Island - New York City’s main jail complex; and San Quentin - California’s Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. He also visited prison establishments in Norrkoping, Gothenburg and Stockholm, and met policy makers from The Department for Corrections and the Children’s Ombudsman’s office in Stockholm.
The most important part of Angus’ visit was meeting with the many children affected by imprisonment, who were receiving services from voluntary agencies. In Sweden, he spent a weekend camping with offenders and their families as a part of a regular summer camp arranged by Bryggan Karlstad.
Since Angus returned from his Fellowship to his role with the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT), he has worked with The Ministry of Justice and The Department of Education to develop a new model of support within prisons in England and Wales. The Integrated Family Support Programme was established in 11 prisons in 2011 and it has since evolved into the Family Engagement Worker Programme, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice.
These programmes have introduced several new ways to support children of prisoners in England and Wales, including father-baby groups for parents who become parents while they are in prison, giving children an opportunity to bond with their father, as well as family conferencing within prisons, which enables families to discuss their support needs with professionals from the prison and the community in order to better plan for release.
As well as furthering the work of PACT, the knowledge Angus has gained through the Fellowship has enabled him to contribute more widely to the debate about the impact of imprisonment on children. He has delivered training to professionals from the developing world, and has worked on a range of reports and events including the 2011 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child discussion on the rights of prisoners’ children.
Angus has now joined the Inspectorate of Prisons, where he has responsibility for the inspection of young offenders' institutes, adult prisons, immigration removal centres and police custody.