ERIC Number: EJ1021573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
How Can Schools Support Children with a Parent in Prison?
Morgan, Julia; Leeson, Caroline; Carter Dillon, Rebecca
Pastoral Care in Education, v31 n3 p199-210 2013
Children who experience the imprisonment of a parent or close relative are more likely to have poorer outcomes including lower school attainment and an increased risk of truancy, school exclusion and socio-emotional difficulties. This paper reports on a research project, undertaken in 2011, into support provision in schools for children who experience parental imprisonment. Through the analysis of data collected by interviewing a range of representatives of schools including head-teachers, stakeholders, parents and children in one local authority in the South West of England we explore the different realities of experiencing the imprisonment of a parent or close relative. Consequently, we offer a critique of the support provision currently available and make a number of suggestions as to how schools might support this group of potentially "vulnerable" children. This includes raising awareness of this group of children through the use of resources, posters and training; a focus on the individual needs of the children; an exploration of the type of support needed and when it should be available and a discussion around prison visits and how schools can enable children to maintain contact with their imprisoned parent. A key aspect of the research findings was to challenge the route of a one size fits all mentality and to offer sensitive, appropriate and bespoke service provision to each child and family experiencing the imprisonment of a parent or close relative.
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Parents, Student Needs, At Risk Students, Social Support Groups, Foreign Countries, Student Personnel Services, Questionnaires, Semi Structured Interviews, Consciousness Raising, Staff Development, Faculty Development, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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