A double-edged sword: Children’s experiences of visiting a parent in prison in Scotland

Kelly Lockwood, Tony Long, Nancy Loucks, Ben Raikes, Kathryn Sharratt

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Abstract

Prison visits are recognised as an important feature of a humane prison system, providing important benefits for prisoners and their family in maintaining ties (McCarthy and Adams, 2017). Scotland has a history of penal welfarism and a right-based agenda in relation to visits (McCarthy and Adams, 2017); however, there is a lack of research that focuses on visits in the context of Scottish prisons. Equally, there is limited research that considers the perspective of children visiting a parent in custody. This paper explores the experiences of children visiting a parent in prison in Scotland, highlighting lessons for policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-176
Number of pages18
JournalProbation Journal
Volume69
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

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