Recently released Young Offender fathers wanted for interview
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 .African-Caribbean fathers, Domestic violence, Drugs and alcohol, Early years, Imprisoned fathers, Muslim fathers, Vulnerable families, Young fathers