Prisoner's and Families share artwork
Prisoners and their families at Wormwood Scrubs hosted their own art exhibition on Tuesday 29 May on the theme of ‘Positive Parenting’. Through their artwork they learned about positive parenting and how it can impact their own family life.
Research shows that children with parents in prison are more likely to experience negative outcomes than any other group of children or young people - positive parenting can significantly improve this negative impact. Strong and improved family relationships are also a key factor in whether a prisoner goes on to re-offend upon release.
The artwork has been created by families during prison visits to the Spurgeons’ Visitor’s Centres at Holloway, Pentonville, Wormwood Scrubs and Drake Hall prisons and was exhibited at Visitor’s Centres within the prison estates.
The artwork is supported by practical positive parenting activities developed for use during family visits, parenting development discussions and family support sessions by prisons across the estate.
The activities were grant funded by the Ministry of Justice through the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and delivered by an experienced team from Spurgeons projects including a child psychologist, a social worker, a teacher/trainer, play workers and parenting experts to guide and support the work of artists including Noel Blakeman.