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1 Relationships and Family Support Seminar 23 September 2014

2 Supporting mother and baby ​ communications in HMP Styal ​ Carla Booth ​ Karen Moorcroft ​ Action for Children ​ ​

3 (Please note photographs of families have been removed from the original presentation given at the seminar)

4 Effective Family Visiting at HMP Styal Mother and Baby unit The Communication Friendly Spaces™ Approach

5 Passion Our values Equality Hope

6 Supporting Mums and babies together

7 Elizabeth Jarman presentation - Communication Friendly Spaces inserted here


9 “Intrusive”

10 Joanne, mother of Tammy, 2 months & Lucy, 23 months

11 Sally, mother of Matthew, 11 months, Belle, 8 years & Emma 6 years

12 Carol, mum of Eve, 2 months Annie, age 8 years

13 Susan, mum of Joseph age 1 month, Melanie, age 13 and Dawn, age 15

14 Sally, mum of Declan, age 1 year, Emma, age 5 years and Becki, age 7 years

15 “The impact of parental imprisonment varies for each child and for the most it is profound. Parental imprisonment may often affect the child as bereavement does, yet it is accompanied by stigma, shame, anger and confusion” S. Rider (2011) The Family Day Tool Kit Kids VIP

16 Family visiting – an innovative approach Last year we received funding from The ELIZABETH JARMAN® Foundation to develop an innovative family visiting project. Photograph of families here Photograph of families here Photograph of families here

17 develop understanding of the link between the physical and emotional environment and its impact on children’s learning, development and well-being. Using The Elizabeth Jarman ‘Communication Friendly Spaces™ Approach’, the project aimed to explore and help to: reduce the stress of transition experienced by children visiting their mother in prison. Improve the children’s chance of coming to terms with the loss of their parent to imprisonment. increase the chance of developing the children’s emotional and social development.

18 Photograph of families here

19 Families appeared relaxed and happy, sharing stories and news. There was much laughter and affection. Photograph of families here

20 Melanie, age 13 years “remember when we were little and we used to make dens together” “We used to put your duvet on the sides of the bunk bed” Photograph of families here Photograph of families here

21 Daisy, age 5 years and Lara, 5 days old Photograph of families here Photograph of families here

22 Staff experience feelings of being positively superfluous, suggesting that careful planning and co-ordination enables the mothers to manage the event in a relaxed, practical and inspiring way. Photograph of families here Photograph of families here

23 We provide memorable and meaningful contact between Mums and their babies as well as with fathers, siblings and other significant family members. Photograph of families here

24 Mothers, carers and staff’s understanding of the role of the environment in supporting communication skills, emotional well-being and general engagement was improved Key Findings Thorough preparation and support from all partners involved including prison staff was key to the success of the project. The stress of transition experienced by children and families within the visit hall was reduced in an appropriately planned environment. Mothers and children sustained their relationship, vital to development and wellbeing for all. Mothers played a vital role in supporting their children’s development and learning.

25 It was important to communicate clearly to Family Day visitors, their role in Supporting this project. Key Findings (continued) Barriers such as feeling foolish or shy were overcome and mothers felt more confident in communicating with their babies and children. Well planned Family Visits give the children more time for quality contact, interaction and bonding The Family Days provided a memorable and meaningful opportunity for quality contact between children and their mothers. Photograph of families here

26 To develop a core provision of 8 weekly family days on the Mother and Baby unit to help ensure the best start for the baby and on-going resettlement needs of the mother. Recommendations Clearly, environments can play a huge role in facilitating effective Family Visiting. Review, audit and improve all environments which are used specifically for Prison Family Visits. The Communication Friendly Spaces™ Approach should be shared with managers of Family Visits in prisons to inform the development of more effective environments which facilitate good communication. The use of more creative tools and strategies can help to keep families connected and support transition into the carer’s home. To track the use of Family Visit Bags in another prison to compare the impact and response.

27 Our families described their experience of family visits held in the Mother and Baby unit “Brilliant” “Soothing” “Crucial” “Exciting” “Motivating” “Friendly” “Surprising” “Meaningful” “Relaxed” “Awesome” “Enjoyable” “Entertaining” “Beneficial” “Positive” “Powerful” “ Worthwhile ” “Inspiring “ “Convenient” “Good” “Fun” Photograph of families here

28 Press enquiries: ELIZABETH JARMAN® Molly Horsburgh ELIZABETH JARMAN® specialises in developing really effective learning environments using The Communication Friendly Spaces™ Approach, conceptualised and developed by Elizabeth Jarman. See for further information. Action for Children is a UK-wide charity that speaks out for the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people, and supports them to break through injustice, deprivation and inequality, so they can achieve their full potential. See for further

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