Children of prisoners: an introduction
Children of prisoners: e-Learning course
Published: October 2008 | Free to use | Learning Management System compatible
This course module, part of the Children of prisoners e-Learning course, provides an engaging introduction to the significant, but unknown, number of children who are affected by the loss of a parent or carer to prison.
In this course module:
- You'll learn more about the characteristics and common experiences that children of prisoners may share and why it is important to know about them.
- You'll then be asked to take a quiz where you can test your knowledge of key facts and figures relating to children of prisoners (statistics accurate to June 2008).
- This resource ends with a summary of the main points.
This resource will further your understanding of:
- who children of prisoners are and what they may have to go through
- why it is important to know about these children
- how many children are affected
- the social and emotional impact of parental imprisonment on a child
- key facts and figures
- legislation and how it relates to this group
Free to use for non-commercial and educational purposes.
Commercial use – or – bespoke customised version – find out more
Access the e-Learning course module
Estimated online study time: 20-30 minutes
This e-Learning course module is free to use, however to access the course you will need a free MySCIE account:
All SCIE resources are free to download, however to access the following download you will need a free MySCIE account:
- SCORM 2004 compliant version
Modules of this course
- Children of prisoners: an introduction
- The pathway from arrest to release
- Approaches to practice with children of prisoners
Who they are suitable forOpen
These resources are particularly suitable for statutory children's services staff, all staff working with children and families in the voluntary and independent organisations with responsibility for the health and well-being of children, educational staff, including teachers, heads, behaviour support workers, school nurses, Teaching Assistants and local safeguarding children's board members.
They will also be of interest to staff working within the criminal justice system, families and carers (including foster carers), Social work degree students, health professionals, policy makers and prisoners themselves.
All material in these resources, including text, graphics, photographs, video and audio is copyright of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), unless otherwise stated. Use of these resources, and import of the resources into learning management systems for educational purposes, is freely permitted, but commercial use of this learning resource is not authorised unless permission is first obtained from SCIE.
All material in these resources, including text, graphics, photographs, video and audio is copyright of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), unless otherwise stated. Use of these resources, and import of the resources into learning management systems for educational purposes is freely permitted, but commercial use of any of SCIE’s learning resources is not authorised unless permission is first obtained in writing.
Please note these courses are provided free of charge on an ‘as seen’ basis. Although SCIE’s courses have been used over many years with almost no reported problems, SCIE cannot provide technical support for their implementation or to investigate or fix any reported technical problems, nor does it warrant that they are fully compliant with all or any technical platform.
Any known issue with an individual course is noted on the opening page of that course.
These course was developed using a technology called Adobe Flash, which is not compatible with any Apple/Android platform, and may not work on any mobile device.
About the authorsOpen
Salina Bates, Information Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
Salina Bates has a Bsc. Hons in Experimental Psychology and a Msc. Applied Forensic Psychology. She has experience working in the field of criminal justice as a researcher for Sussex police force and as a research analyst at West Sussex Youth Offending Team (YOT). Her work included developing performance of the YOT, evaluation of interventions and European research into links between domestic violence and youth offending patterns.
Salina has been at SCIE for 4 years working as a team and project manager. Salina’s main current roles are to manage SCIE’s work programme support team, project manage the organisation’s research briefing series, co project manage the children of prisoners project at SCIE and develop the internal information retrieval and scoping elements of the organisation’s work.
Salina has published on links between domestic violence and youth offending and systematic mapping.
Sara Lewis, Practice Development Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
Sara began her career as a probation officer, before moving to work in the mental health unit at the National Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders. She subsequently worked for Revolving Doors Agency, delivering services to vulnerable people in the criminal justice system, before joining SCIE in 2003. Sara is a registered social worker.
SCIE would like to thank the following people and organisations:
Our peer reviewers: Helen Dunn, Daphne Griffith, Sarah Jones.
The professionals who took part in our user trials: Duncan Hume, Cora Carvey, Laura Davies, Eileen Thompson, James Campbell, Emma Cockerell.
The organisations that kindly allowed us to use their video footage in the resources:
- Kid’s VIP for footage from their DVD ‘Kids Visiting.
- Barnardo’s N.Ireland for footage from their DVD ‘It’s a tough time for everyone’.
- Action for Prisoners’ Families for footage from their DVD ‘Homeward Bound’.
Programming and graphic design by Cogapp Ltd.
SCORM Compliant versionOpen
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Please note that this resource was not designed to export any scores or track progress throughout the resource. Therefore, this resource can be freely accessed by users, but there will be no tracking or grading functionality.
To download the SCORM compliant versions of these resources, please see the downloads section on a course module page.
This e-learning resource has been designed to be accessible to the widest audience possible and reviewed for compliance to accessibility standards by the Digital Media Access Group at the University of Dundee. This page lists some of the features used to make the resources easier to use. If you are experiencing problems using the resources, or have any questions and comments about their accessibility, please let us know.
Using the resources without a mouse
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Changing the appearance of the resources
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Accessing the resources with a screen reader
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