Estimates indicate that 4.3% of Australian children will be affected by parental incarceration in their lifetime. Prisoners' children experience a concentration of risk factors including parent-child separation, enduring traumatic stress, poverty and poor parenting practices, placing them at risk fornegative outcomes such as juvenile offending. The extent to which incarceration exerts an effect on children over and above parental criminality, however, remains unknown. The Vulnerable Families research project addresses this question and will be the first in Australia toexamine the effects over time of parental incarcerationon children's developmental outcomes. Findings will provide an evidence-base for targeting support and intervention programs for families.
What about the children? A study of the intergenerational consequences of paternal incarceration ARC Future Fellowship 2009-2013
Dr Susan Dennison
Parental incarceration may have a profound and detrimental effect on children, heightening risk of offending and extreme disadvantage. The proportion of children affected is certain to increase as prison populations continue to grow. This research will identify policies and prevention strategies that will interrupt the cycle of disadvantage for children of prisoners and prevent social exclusion. Significant cost-saving and prevention of victimisation could result from effectively targeting this high-risk population, reducing risk of offending and increasing the young person?s ability to contribute meaningfully to society. Appropriately timed programs can deliver a range of long-term benefits for children, families and communities.
Any queries contact Dr Susan Dennison, Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 3735 6808.