Early Years Scotland, in collaboration with Families Outside and HMP Barlinnie staff, delivered a unique CPD course to Early Years Practitioners in HMP Barlinnie on Thursday 16 June. Early Years Scotland offered this free event to members and the first 30 people were entitled to a free place on the course. The event was fully subscribed within a day, therefore highlighting the need for this type of training event.
The aim of the session was to explore the impact that imprisonment of a close relative can have on families and to learn how Early Learning and Childcare settings can provide key support for them and their care-givers.
The session offered an opportunity to experience visiting a prison, an insight into the issues facing children and families who have a close relative in prison, information regarding work undertaken by Early Years Scotland in the prison setting, and practical ways in which Early Years Practitioners can help families affected
Early Years Scotland currently facilitates sessions with fathers and their children aged 0-5 years within five prisons across Scotland; HMP Barlinnie, HMP Low Moss, HMP Dumfries, HMP Grampian and HMP Castle Huntly. Some of the work that takes place within these prisons include; Fathers’ Programme, Learning Together Through Play Session, Healthy Eating workshops, signposting to other agencies, Baby Massage and more.
We hope to continue to work in collaboration with Families Outside and the Scottish Prison Service in order to deliver this session to more Early Years Practitioners across Scotland to give them an insight into supporting families affected by imprisonment.
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