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Dads Inside and Out

(2004, 13 minutes)

Narrated by Paul Usher

A lot of prisoners are also fathers...

This short animated DVD resource pack looks at the difficulties facing fathers and stepfathers who are in prison, and their children. It deals with the effects of imprisonment on both fathers and children, and how parents can help children to cope.

Many prisoners have low self-esteem and lack confidence in themselves as parents. They often feel they can do nothing for their children while they are in prison. The film stresses that a father can still make a big difference while he is inside, and any effort he makes will be worthwhile.

Most prisoners' children experience problems as a result of their fathers' imprisonment, and may feel they are being punished too. Staying in contact during the sentence is not easy, but positive input from their fathers is extremely important for children. Learning parenting skills can lead to a happier home life for ex-prisoners too - so they are more likely to stay out of trouble.

Prisoners and their families have many problems to deal with, such as what to tell the children, and how to keep in touch. The film shows how various fathers handle visits, negotiate with partners at home, learn communication skills and adjust to release. And, in a positive and often humorous way, it points out some things that might help.

DADS INSIDE AND OUT is designed for prisoners and their families, in groups or at home. It also provides a resource for professionals and volunteers, and a way of raising awareness and starting discussion in education, training or conferences for those who work with prisoners and their families.

Made with financial support from Department for Education and Skils and arts@leeds, Leeds City Council.


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