Manby, Martin, Monchuk, Leanne and Sharratt, Kathryn (2013) The importance of maintaining family ties during imprisonment - perspectives of those involved in HMP New Hall's family support project. Prison Service Journal (209). pp. 18-23. ISSN 0300-3558

This paper presents a qualitative evaluation of the Family Support Project (FSP) delivered at HMP New Hall, a female establishment located in West Yorkshire. The FSP was delivered by one female Family Support Officer (FSO) and managed by Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT). Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were used to elicit the views of residents, their family members, those responsible for delivering the project and representatives from statutory agencies. The findings revealed a high demand for the services of the FSP. Participants spoke positively about the FSO’s approachable nature, dedication and ability to communicate effectively with other agencies. The benefits of Family Days in maintaining family ties, and Final Contact adoption visits for residents saying farewell to children, are also discussed.

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