eLearning: Children of prisoners
These elearning resources are freely available to all users and, through audio, video and interactive uses of technology, will provide the user with an engaging introduction to the significant, but unknown, number of children who are affected by the loss of a parent or carer to prison.
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.
Children of prisoners: an introduction
Video excerpts and an interactive quiz.
The pathway from arrest to release
An interactive journey through the Criminal Justice
Approaches to practice with children of prisoners
A self-assessment activity.
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.
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
If you are a member of staff from a Higher Education institution who would like to download the activity for use in a virtual learning environment (VLE),such as WebCT, Blackboard or Moodle you should use the SCORM compliant version above.
Please note that this resource was not designed to export any scores or track progress throughout the resource. Therefore, this resource can be imported into a virtual learning environment and freely accessed by users, but there will be no tracking or grading functionality.
This elearning 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
All materials have been designed to be accessible using the keyboard. Use the Tab key to access navigational elements such as buttons and interactive diagrams. Pop-up windows with scroll bars can be accessed with the tab key, with the scroll-bar being operable via the up and down arrow keys.
Changing the appearance of the resources
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Accessing the resources with a screen reader
All resources have a narration of the main text. However if you use a screen reader, we recommend using the Text Only version for each resource. These provide broadly the same information and experience as the Flash version, but currently the nature of some features of the Flash resources mean that these features do not work as required in a screen reader