An Evaluation of The Nurturing Programme for Fathers at HMP Altcourse
Existing evidence suggests prison-based parenting programmes are promising in improving parenting skills and relationships between parents in prison and their children, but there remains uncertainty on how these interventions can be effectively implemented. In light of this, Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP) asked the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to evaluate The Nurturing Programme, a parenting intervention at HMP Altcourse, a Category B prison in Liverpool (North West England). The Nurturing Programme is a 10-session parenting programme created by Family Links which aims to help parents and children live emotionally healthy lives, focusing on four main constructs: self-awareness, appropriate expectations, empathy, and positive discipline. During 2022, a family link worker delivered the course the course six times at HMP Altcourse Family Intervention Unit. Each course ran over a five-week period (two sessions per week) for up to 12 men per course. The mixed methods evaluation used interviews with stakeholders (n=3), pre (n=30) and post (n=26) surveys with fathers, interviews with fathers who had completed the programme (n=25) and analysis of secondary data in order to better understand: 1) the implementation of The Nurturing Programme (including barriers and facilitators, fidelity, and reach); 2) participating fathers’ experiences and perceptions of The Nurturing Programme; and, 3) the intended and actual impacts of The Nurturing Programme on fathers, children, and their families.