The Children in Devon Affected by Parental Imprisonment Conference was a fully online event hosted on 3 May 2022 by the Criminology Team in the University of Plymouth's School of Society and Culture, in partnership with Choices Consultancy Service.
The event aimed to bring together the people, organisations, professionals and workforces involved in supporting the children and families of prisoners, to raise awareness about the wellbeing inequalities experienced by the children and families of prisoners, and also improve the connectivity and collaboration of organisations in Devon that support these groups.
The event featured presentations from three keynote speakers, followed by three breakout sessions in the afternoon aligned to the following themes:
- Communicating with children
- The needs and difficulties experienced by the children and families of prisoners
- Support available for the children and families of prisoners.
Each breakout session was be supported by two facilitators - one from Choices and one with direct knowledge and experience of the theme.
Programme [past event]
10:00-12:25 | Morning session
- Chair: Dr Patricia Gray, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Society and Culture, University of Plymouth
- Moira Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of Choices, Opening Address (10 minutes)
- Sarah Beresford, Prison Reform Trust Associate, 'Assessing the impact: Challenges and support for children with a mother in the criminal justice system' (25 minutes)
- Dr Lorna Brookes, School of Education, Liverpool John Moores University (title tbc) (25 minutes)
- Keeley Perks, in conversation with Moira Donohoe from Choices, about her childhood experience of having a father in prison (20 minutes)
- Question Time (15 minutes)
- Launch and showcase film produced and directed by Rob Giles, School of Society and Culture, University of Plymouth (50 minutes)
13:15-15:15 | Afternoon session
- Introduction to breakout sessions (10 minutes)
- Breakout sessions (80 minutes) (session is selected at point of registration)
- Communicating with children (facilitated by Dr Steve Minton, Associate Professor in Applied Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth)
- The needs and difficulties experienced by the children and families of prisoners (facilitated by Yasmin Smith, Registered Mental Health Nurse and Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth)
- Support available for the children and families of prisoners (facilitated by Sarah Beresford, Prison Reform Trust Associate)
- What next for the Children and Families of Prisoners in Devon Support Network? (30 minutes)