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Visiting mum: children's perspectives on a supported scheme when visiting their mother in prison

Rees, Alyson, Maxwell, Nina, Lyttleton-Smith, Jennifer and Staples, Eleanor 2020. Visiting mum: children's perspectives on a supported scheme when visiting their mother in prison. Child Care in Practice 10.1080/13575279.2020.1769025

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Abstract

This article reports the findings from a qualitative study evaluating a Visiting Mum scheme that supported Welsh children with a mother in prison. There are 12 women’s prisons in England, and none in Wales. Women living in south and west Wales are currently incarcerated at HMP Eastwood Park, Gloucestershire. This is significant for Welsh children, as journeys to the prison are extensive and costly. This article focuses on the rarely heard experiences of the children when visiting prison. We ran focus groups with 12 children utilising innovative, participatory and creative methods. The findings reveal a hidden population of children who suffer disproportionately as a result of their mother’s incarceration but who were effectively supported by a service which helped to sustain mother–child relationships during their mothers' imprisonment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
ISSN: 1357-5279
Funders: PACT
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 4 May 2020
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 19:29
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/132379

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