Written by experts with first-hand experience working
with troubled mothers, this is the first book taking motherhood as a focus for
criminal/social justice interventions. Covers the entire sequence affecting
mothers caught up in such processes. A workbook for course providers and
students across a range of disciplines.
For practitioners by
practitioners this highly informed collection will be of great value to course
providers across a range of disciplines and groups dealing with women’s issues.
Approximately 12,000 women every year experience ‘maternal incarceration’,
whilst many more are engaged in community-based supervision, support or
interventions from public, private and voluntary services. Working with mothers
who understandably already might feel challenged and vulnerable can be as
demanding and difficult as it is rewarding and inspiring. The book aims to make
this task more effective, purposeful and rewarding. Drawing on many years of
practitioner experience of both the editor and chapter authors, who include a
barrister, prosecutor, police officer, prison officer, probation officer, drugs
worker, social worker and psychotherapist, the book aims to facilitate and
develop understanding in relation to effective practice when engaging
professionally with mothers, their lives, challenges, emotions and (ordinarily)
their pre-occupations with their families.
‘This book will not be the first occasion when concerns
about the impact of imprisonment not only on mothers but their children have
been publicised. But, unlike the others, the fact that it will contain
observations from so many different practitioners, each presenting their own
perspective, should be taken very seriously by politicians, to do what needs to
be done to prevent avoidable damage on future generations’: Lord David
Ramsbotham. ‘I absolutely recognise the value and importance of this book which
will add to and develop understanding in relation to working with mothers in
criminal justice’: Vicky Pryce (from the Foreword).
'The notion that the
majority of women who are in the Criminal Justice System have been failed by a
range of services and should never have been in the criminal justice system at
all has gained considerable support over recent years. However, what has become
increasingly clear in the discourse is that the impact on the lives of not only
the children of women in the criminal justice system which is hugely significant
and damaging, but on the mothers themselves – and they all deserve better. In
telling these stories in such an accessible way there is hope that practitioners
will understand that this goes much deeper than a troubled mother’s life, and
that this will lead to more being done to intervene appropriately at earlier
times for both the mother and the children, and that this will change the course
of life for women and their children': Jackie Russell, Women's Breakout.
Lucy Baldwin is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at De
Montfort University, Leicester, having joined academia in 2004 after a long
career in social and criminal justice. She has practised in a variety of fields
including social work, probation and prisons and has experience across a wide
range of settings from service user, victim and offender-focussed perspectives
when she has been 'touched by the heart and soul of women, especially the
mothers with whom I have worked and the challenges they face.' A mother of three
and stepmother of one she is also a novice grandmother.
Author of the Foreword
Vicky Pryce is a mother who went to prison
following one of the most high profile criminal trials of the recent past for
taking the speeding points of her Cabinet member husband. An economist, she was
joint head of the UK's Government Economic Service. She is the author of
(Biteback, 2013), an analysis of the economic and human
costs of imprisoning women, the royalties from which help former women prisoners
to find work via the charity Working Chance.