Support For Prisoners 's Families

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5.14 Support available to prisoner 's families

In relation to the support the professionals could provide to families, the findings were consistent with those of Morgan et al (2012). The education professionals appeared to currently offer the most support to families and were able to identify multiple ways in which they have previously worked with both children and carers. These interventions have included one-to-one sessions with prisoner 's children, emotional support for caregivers, advocacy in professional meetings and referrals to other agencies. It was clear from the findings that the home school liaison officer had the most experience through working directly with five cases of parental imprisonment. This experience is presumably gained through being a frontline practitioner within a school as their role will be to support children and families with any issues they may be experiencing and work as a gate keeper to other services. Interestingly, the head teacher within the same school had only encountered one case of parental imprisonment. This limited involvement may stem from the demanding nature of the professionals role in managing all members of staff and policies. Potentially cases may have needed to reach a certain threshold to receive attention of the head teacher within the school. This finding has reaffirmed the importance of early help strategies and the important role professionals such as home school liaison officers can have in supporting families both
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