12 March 2018

Slipping through the cracks: Examining the realities of a child-friendly prison system

This study examined the ongoing impacts of parental incarceration for children in the ACT and considered whether recommendations from the Slipping through the cracks: Examining the realities of a child-friendly prison system presented in a previous report examining children's interactions with the ACT justice system had been implemented. The research found that little action had been undertaken to address any of the recommendations in the original report. Children's rights and agency were still comprised. The prison lacked accessibility with inadequate public transport and inflexible visiting times. There was a lack of consistent and individualised information provided to children and a previously operating homework program had been allowed to lapse. The authors made three recommendations to address the issues identified in the research. First, to increase the accessibility of public transport. Second to establish a child prison liaison officer at the prison; and thirdly, to maintain extended family visits.