This volume specifically examines current concerns about imprisoned fathers and highlights best practices with a group of children and parents who present significant vulnerabilities. It brings together contemporary works in this area, to share and consolidate knowledge, to encourage comparisons and collaborations across jurisdictions, and to stimulate debate, all with the aim of furthering knowledge and improving practice in this area.
Although there is considerable focus on imprisoned mothers, there is limited knowledge or understanding of the needs, experiences, or effective responses to imprisoned fathers and their children, despite men making up the vast majority of the prison population. The ongoing and negative impact of parental incarceration on children is well documented, and includes emotional and behavioural consequences, marginalisation, and stigma, as well as financial and social stresses. However, understanding of these processes, and, importantly, what can assist children and families, is poor.
This book seeks to add to the understanding of paternal imprisonment by providing an in-depth exploration of how the arrest, detention, and experiences of fathers during imprisonment can affect their ability to parent and meet the needs of their children. This book was originally published as a special issue of Child Care in Practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Imprisoned Fathers—Responding to Children
Catherine Flynn and Michelle Butler
1. "They Didn’t Even Let Me Say Goodbye": A Study of Imprisoned Primary Carer Fathers’ Care Planning for Children at the Point of Arrest in Victoria, Australia
Tess S. Bartlett, Catherine A. Flynn and Christopher J. Trotter
2. The (Dis)continuity of Parenthood Among Incarcerated Fathers: An Analysis of Caregivers’ Accounts
3. Developing a Child’s Right to Effective Contact with a Father in Prison—An Irish Perspective
Aisling Parkes and Fiona Donson
4. Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging Men in Social Interventions: Lessons for Implementation Focusing on a Prison-based Parenting Intervention for Young Incarcerated Fathers
5. Allowing Imprisoned Fathers to Parent: Maximising the Potential Benefits of Prison based Parenting Programmes
David Hayes, Michelle Butler, John Devaney and Andrew Percy
6. Does Fatherhood Training in Prison Improve Fathering Skills and Reduce Family Challenges?
Gunnar Vold Hansen
7. Imprisoned Fathers and their Children: A Reflection on Two Decades of Research
Catherine Flynn is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Monash University, Australia. Her core research area is the intersection of criminal justice and social work. She has a keen interest in understanding and addressing the wider and unintended consequences of criminal justice policy on families.
Michelle Butler is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Her core research areas include penology, parental imprisonment, penal reform, and criminological psychology.