More than 125,000 children in the UK alone are 'sentenced' to separation from their imprisoned parents, mainly fathers. Gwyneth Boswell and Peter Wedge draw on extensive research and experience to examine the effect this kind of separation can have on the emotional development of a child and on family relationships. They make suggestions for work with prisoners and families in the light of current policy and practice and consider how best to support: * children coming to terms with conflicting emotions arising from fathers' imprisonment * fathers who may be teenagers themselves * mothers or carers coping with absent partners * prison staff trying to incorporate the family as a factor in rehabilitation. Examining the rights and needs of imprisoned fathers and their children and using case examples to demonstrate effective ways of maintaining contact and communication, this is an indispensable resource for all those working with the families of fathers in prison.
Gwyneth Boswell is Principal Lecturer in the Community and Criminal Justice Studies Unit at De Montfort University, Leicester and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Health at the University of East Anglia. She was previously Senior Lecturer in Probation Studies at UEA and Senior Probation Officer in Merseyside. Peter Wedge0 is Emeritus Professor in the School of Health at the University of East Anglia and Visiting Professor in the Department of Social and Community Studies at De Montfort University. He was previously Dean of the School of Economic and Social Studies and founding Dean of the School of Health and Social Work at UEA.
1. Setting the Scene. 2. Characteristics and Perceptions of Prisoner Fathers. 3. The Effects of Father Imprisonment upon Children. 4. Provision for Father/Child Contact. 5. Families' Experiences Father/Child Contact. 6. Formal and Informal Support Systems. 7. Strategies for Change. References. Index.
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