Thursday, 16 January 2014 | Ali Spalding
i-HOP is a new national, Department for Education funded service. The name means "Information Hub on Offenders’ families with children for Professionals", and it is being run in partnership between Barnardo’s and POPs.
The service provides a one stop information hub for professionals who work with children and families of offenders. There are an estimated 200,000 children of offenders in England and Wales and 7% of school age children will have experienced the imprisonment of their father. These children are far more likely to suffer poor outcomes (poverty, mental health, youth offending) than their peers.