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Prison visiting rules punish children.

Prison visiting rules punish children.

Children whose fathers are in jail are being punished by rules which limit visits if prisoners do not behave well enough, says Barnardo's.

"It's very hard on the children," said one mother, whose partner was jailed for 21 months when their son was two.

The charity says the rules, which apply in England and Wales, are cruel and it wants them scrapped.

The Ministry of Justice says it has a "dedicated strategy to help strengthen family ties".

Barnardo's points out that the rules are different in women's jails where Ministry of Justice guidance says "children should not be penalised from visiting or contacting their mother because of their mother's behaviour".

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