Do you work with my daddy?

Hayes, Tracy and Larmour, Caroline (2018) Do you work with my daddy? In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference: Geographical Landscapes / Changing Landscapes of Geography, 28-31 August 2018, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. (Unpublished) Full text not available from this repository.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to share our experiences of supporting undergraduate students to volunteer within a prison on family visit days. These are special days, when children can spend longer with their incarcerated parent, making crafts, eating lunch and playing games. The rules are more relaxed, and the emphasis is on nurturing family relationships. The children have done nothing wrong, yet by association with a loved one, they are serving a hidden sentence and experience stigmatization and encounter prejudice. When a loved one is incarcerated, who takes the trouble to check if the children are ok? Who listens when they talk about their fears? More children are separated from a parent by imprisonment than there are children in care, and thousands of visits to prison are made by children every year. Research shows it is important to maintain and develop supportive relationships during prison sentence in order to reduce re-offending. In addition, prison visits may improve mental health of both prisoner and family, increase probability of family staying together and improve level of social adjustment both during prison sentence and after release. However, one of our questions is what is the potential long-term impact on the children?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Applied Psychology and Social Studies
Additional Information: Presented within the conference session titled: Geographies of Institutionalised Childhood.
Depositing User: Tracy Hayes
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 11:04
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 11:04
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4099

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