Recently released Young Offender fathers wanted for interview

16 February 2006

Following its well received research report and project ‘Parenting Under Pressure: Prison’ the charity YOUNG VOICE is setting up a new research project to identify sources of post-release support for young offenders.

Among 15-17 year old offenders 12% have children of their own (Prisons Inspectorate estimate); and among those aged 22 and under, nearly half are (or are about to become) fathers – as well as having literacy/numeracy levels below age 11. Over half have been in care; many have experienced violence or sexual abuse at home; and few have had models of good fathering. Early fatherhood either helps prevent re-offending or strains fragile coping mechanisms and further damages self esteem. Post-release support for young offenders as fathers is poorer than for adult offenders. (Parenting Under Pressure: Prison. London: Young Voice, 2005)

Young Voice would like to interview young men released within the past 12 months. There will also be opportunities for music, art and other workshops, including creating a video intended to help others as part of a training resource-pack .

Contact david@young-voice.org or adrienne@young-voice.org tel: 0114 2495255 or freefone (0800) 652 4011

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