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School Experiences of Children of Prisoners: Strengthening Support in Schools in England and Wales

Morgan, Julia and Leeson, Caroline ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5402-4660 (2019) School Experiences of Children of Prisoners: Strengthening Support in Schools in England and Wales. In: Hutton, Marie and Moran, Dominique, (eds.) The Palgrave handbook of prison and the family. 1 ed. Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 503-518

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Abstract

Millions of children worldwide experience having their parents sent to prison every year (Penal Reform International 2017). Children who experience a parent spending time in prison, are more likely than any other group of children to face significant disadvantages including increased poverty rates; an increase in caring responsibilities; an increase in being bullied and stigmatisation; a decrease in school attendance and attainment; increased mental health problems and an increase in the risk of offending (Morgan & Gill 2013; Morgan et al 2013a; Morgan et al 2013b). Moreover, parental imprisonment has been shown to have a direct impact on children’s academic attainment as well as socio-emotional development often leading to changes in behaviour which may escalate to school exclusion or truancy (SCIE 2008). This chapter will explore the impact that parental imprisonment can have on children’s school experiences and offer recommendations to strengthen support in schools for this group of children.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV6001-7220.5 Criminology
School/Department: School of Education
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3964

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