Time to Connect for national prisons charity
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My third film for the Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact), one of the UK’s biggest charities in the justice sector. This film documents a parenting course Time to Connect devised to keep offenders and their children better connected during a prison sentence, leading to better outcomes for both. I filmed with a group of young dads enrolled on the course in a Category B prison, working with photographer and long-term collaborator Christa Holka.  I also wrote an accompanying article for the New Statesman in relation to government cuts that threatened the funding of programmes like these.

The film was launched at the House of Lords in front of MPs and funders. The film has been successful in getting other prisons to employ Pact to rollout the course.

 

Fathers in prison need support too

Over a quarter of young male offenders in prison are fathers. With the prison population bulging at 85,000, and the Ministry of Justice losing a quarter of its budget, Justice Minister Chris Grayling’s “rehabilitation revolution” must commit to schemes that work intensively with young men inside, or else risk fresh generations of children growing up without a dad.

Earlier this year, I filmed with a group of young dads enrolled on a parenting course in a Category B Young Offenders’ Institute in South London. I was aware that they’d done something serious to be serving a sentence there. But I was also surprised by how the role of being a father could be a catalyst for change in these men. A meaningful relationship with their children was vital to them: it helped them get through their sentence.

Full Article at NewStatesman.com




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