Parenting Education for Women Experiencing Incarceration: Views of Prison Staff

Belinda J. Lovell*, Angela E. Brown, Mary P. Steen, Adrian J. Esterman

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This qualitative study involved interviews with staff in a women’s prison to explore their suggestions about parenting education. Interviews were conducted to identify whether staff agreed with previous parenting education suggestions made by women experiencing incarceration and contribute to developing a parenting education program. Data were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis. Staff highlighted the importance of accommodating complex needs, cultural safety, trauma-informed, woman-centred and a strengths-based approach. This approach to program development will contribute to a parenting education program designed for women experiencing incarceration and may support program sustainability attributing to the involvement of the prison community in program design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalWomen and Criminal Justice
Early online date17 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jan 2024

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