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Title: Hidden victims of the justice and education systems? : giving children of imprisoned fathers a voice
Author: Weidberg, Fiona
ISNI:       0000 0004 5920 4657
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2015
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There are an estimated 200,000 children of prisoners in the UK. However, research into their needs is limited, especially studies including their voice. An in-depth, small-scale explorative approach was undertaken, focusing on these children's resilience and their emotional and psychological needs. The aim of the research was to investigate how children with a parent in prison experience and understand their lives in order to support professional practice. The research involved five young people, aged 8-13, who were interviewed separately on two occasions each, using semi-structured interviews and Personal Construct Psychology resources. Transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The young people showed many signs of resilience and being able to use support from family, friends, school and the community, along with their own creative coping strategies. Maintaining contact with a parent in prison was strongly valued by four of the children, although contact often carried constraints. All had additional stressors to cope with such as supporting their mother's well-being, and were frustrated by a lack of control over their own lives. Difficulties in trusting others and feeling trusted were identified as important themes. I discuss the implications from the findings within the thesis. These include how children with a parent in prison need to feel listened to, especially in light of the new Code of Practice (2014) focusing on empowering young people. The role of the EP in this under-represented area of professional practice is discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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