A collection of poems and drawings by parents and children affected by the imprisonment of their relatives and significant others in the UK and abroad. The poems and images are all original and from open competitions begun in 2018. They address the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of the authors as they express themselves concerning their emotions and experiences. Over a million children and family members are affected by imprisonment in the UK alone and the poems seek to emphasise the sense of loss, deprivation and isolation involved. They also show resiliencehow an absent parent, partner, relative or other significant individual can impact the writers life. Published and made possible with the kind support of Lady Edwina Grosvenor.
Extract from Mark’s ‘And I Need My Dad’
You are not here
Like my friends dad
To build rocket-ships
And kick a football
You are not here
Because you are there:
Inside doing time,
And I need my dad.
Backed by prison and prisoner interest groups and childrens charities. Contains wholly original material and insights. Linked to public events and initiatives. To be used in education and training.
Lucy Baldwin is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at De Montfort University Leicester. She is also a qualified Social Worker and Probation Officer having practised in her native North East. She convened the Women Family Crime and Justice Research Network at De Montfort and is the author of Mothering Justice: Working with Mothers In Criminal Justice Settings
(Waterside Press, 2015). She specialises in research surrounding mothering in and after prison and families affected by imprisonment. Ben Raikes is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Huddersfield University. He also works at the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research. He has experience as a social worker and probation officer. Additionally, he runs writing groups in prisons and is a co-founder of the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP).