Children of Prisoners: What is a Teacher's Role?

Professional development (PD) Auckland

Posted: 29 July 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9wM_

While each child's experience is unique the estimated 23,000 children with a loved one in custody in Aotearoa New Zealand face similar challenges.Parental imprisonment impacts directly on children's well-being and educational success.

At any time before, during or after imprisonment of a loved one the attitude of others can make or break a child.It can be supportive, encourage and enlighten or can contribute to shame, stigmatisation, humiliation and isolation. Even small changes can have a big impact. This workshop will briefly identify some of the changes and challenges these children face and practical ways teachers can support.

Presenter: Charlotte Robertson

Charlotte has been involved as a parent, teacher, manager and tutor in home and centre community based early childhood settings.  While she is currently a kindergarten teacher her journey started with Playcentre.

For more than 20 years she has had an interest in how teachers support children with a parent in prison and in 2018 was awarded the Margaret M. Blackwell Travel Scholarship to research internationally. She is a committee member of OMEP Aotearoa and the International Play Association.

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Tuesday, 20 August from 7–8.30pm (NZST).

Venue: Building H, Room 203 Epsom Campus, Epsom Avenue, University of Auckland, Auckland.

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Events summary


20 August 2019 – 20 August 2019