The forgotten childrenBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7255.249 (Published 22 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:249
- D H S Reid, consultant paediatrician
- St Andrews
See p 229
The term “forgotten children” could cover a wide variety of children in Britain. What I mean by the term is the children who have or have had a parent in jail.
Many people will remember the film The Railway Children, which was based on a book by Edith Nesbit (1858–1924). This told the story of a family struggling to survive in reduced circumstances after the father had been falsely imprisoned. The children were not told that their father was in prison. Their memory was of a devoted father whom they loved dearly. When the eldest child discovered that her father was in prison by reading a newspaper report she became distraught, and her evident distress upset the other two children.
These children are …