Children of Prisoners: Building Resilience in a Uniquely Vulnerable Group
ACT Health Directorate, and SHINE for Kids
This qualitative needs analysis aimed to deepen the understanding of children's needs by exploring their experiences of parental incarceration. Commissioned by SHINE for Kids, it identified appropriate individual, family and community responses, informed by children, their caregivers, and other key groups; in the context of multiple system involvement (e.g. child protection, criminal justice, health, education, family support).
This needs analysis provided new insights into how service systems might work more effectively and responsively together to reduce future involvement in welfare, health and criminal justice systems, improve children's well-being and increase their participation in society. Current research informs us that children whose parents are imprisoned are likely to be affected by higher levels of disadvantage than their peers; for example they are more likely to experience multiple and complex health, social and welfare problems including poverty, family violence, substance abuse and mental health issues.
For more information about this project, contact Vicky Saunders.
Saunders, V., & McArthur, M. (2013). Children of Prisoners: Exploring the needs of children and young people who have a parent incarcerated in the ACT. Canberra: SHINE for Kids.
Saunders, V. (2017). Children of prisoners - children's decision-making about contact. Child & Family Social Work, 22(S2), 63-72.
Flynn, C., & Saunders, V. (2015). Research with Children of Prisoners: Methodological Considerations for Bringing Youth in from the Margins. In S. Bastien & H. B. Holmarsdottir (Eds.), Youth 'At the Margins': Critical Perspectives and Experiences of Engaging Youth in Research Worldwide. Volume 4. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Saunders, V., McArthur, M,. & Moore, T. (2015). Not Seen and Not Heard: Ethical Considerations of Research with Children of Prisoners. Children of Prisoners, Special Issue of Law in Context, 32, 108 – 125.
Institute of Child Protection Studies. (2013, 4 December). Seminar recording: Forum: Children of prisoners in the ACT [Rich Media Playback]. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.
Institute of Child Protection Studies. (2013, 3 December). Forum: Children of prisoners in the ACT [Media Release]. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.
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Institute of Child Protection Studies. (2013, 31 July). Children of Prisoners: An often invisible group [Media Release]. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.
Saunders, V., & Barry, E. (2013). Children with Parents in Prison. Research to Practice Series, Issue 4, December. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.