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Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice

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Research team: Caroline Lanskey, Friedrich Lösel, Lucy Markson, Sophie Ellis, Jenni Barton-Crosby

The Families and Imprisonment Research (FAIR) study is a two year ESRC funded project which is investigating processes of resilience in families who have experienced the imprisonment of the father. The research is a prospective longitudinal study of a panel of 54 families.

It is using semi-structured interviews, standardised assessments and informal observations to collect qualitatitive and quantitative data from fathers, mothers and children about their experiences.  The study aims to inform criminal justice, social welfare and education policy and practice on how best to support convicted parents, partners and children during and after imprisonment and how to minimise criminal justice-related hardships they experience.