Staying in contact
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Institute of Health and Community/Centre for Culture, Community and Society/Learning Outside Formal Education Research Cluster seminar. 

Speaker: Dr Julia Morgan, Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Plymouth University.

In 2009 there were approximately 200,000 children with a parent in prison in England and Wales and almost two-thirds of prisoners, in 2014, reported having children (63%). Contact between children and their imprisoned parents is seen as important for a number of reasons and these will be explored in the seminar. However, research has shown that  between 43-48% of prisoners (sentenced and remand) lose contact with their families because of imprisonment and only half of the women who had lived, or were in contact with, their children prior to imprisonment had received a visit since going to prison. 

Julia research aimed to explore the experiences of parents in prison about ‘keeping in contact’ with their children, what made it difficult and what facilitated contact. The fieldwork took place during 2014 and 2015 and interviews were carried out with parents who were prisoners, prison officers and visiting centre staff in six prisons in England and Wales (one female prison and five male prisons). 

Julia's research highlights the tensions which exist around children visiting their parents in prison and she explores whether we should improve the current system that is in place for contact or focus on finding more child-focused alternatives to children visiting their parents in prison?

This event is open to all - please book a place via the above link.

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