Psychosocial support for the children of convicted mothers

Within the scope of effective law of punishment and protection, children aged 0-6 who have no one outside to protect them can stay with their mother in prison.

In addition to psychosocial research, physical space is also provided in prisons to prevent adverse effects on children’s development.

In this context, the Cincinnati Women’s Closed Penitentiary Institution has a mother-child unit to reduce the negative effects of prison on children and to help them develop.

All the needs of the children here, including food, milk, diapers and toys with their mothers, are met by the state.

“Each section has an indoor and outdoor children’s playground”

The unit building, where convicted or imprisoned mothers live with their children, has an area of ​​about 5,000 square meters and a capacity of 48 people, said Sigdem Demi, director of the Cincinn Women’s Closed Penitentiary Institution.

The building has six separate sections, Demir said, adding that “each section has 8 rooms with an area of ​​20 square meters, an indoor and outdoor children’s playground, a kitchen, a laundry section and a veranda. Device. ” Says

“Increases children’s confidence, speaking and listening skills”

Demi explains the benefits of applying for mother and child with these words:

“The period of 0-6 years is very important for the development of children. During this period, it is very beneficial for children to spend time in an environment where positive stimuli are presented. They learn to share. Children’s confidence, speaking and listening skills increase.”

Noting that for the first time in Turkey, a mother-child unit has been practiced in a Cincinnati women’s closed prison, Demir noted that the promotion of the project is being conducted by the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers.

“No less than their outside peers”

Esra Goksell, master instructor at the Cincinnati Public Education Center, said: “We train children cognitively, socially and physically. Says

Emphasizing what they can do for the healthy development of children, Goksell said, “We try not to make them feel like they are in prison. In prison kindergarten our children have the same opportunities as their peers outside.” Used phrases.

“Our kids don’t think they’re in jail.”

The convicted BA, who is in prison with his two children aged 4 and 5, expressed satisfaction at the practice, saying, “My kids go to kindergarten here, read to them, learn everything like the outdoors.” Says

BA says the ward she lives in with her children is like a house, and says, “Where I live is like a room, it’s for me and my children. So our children don’t think we’re in prison. We look after our children comfortably.” Yes, they get their education. ” He said.

Noting that he will try to create a better future for his children after his release from prison, BA said, “When I get out of prison, I will send my children to school, I will send them to school. I will do everything. They don’t look like us when they grow up. ” Says

Another defendant, BA, who was in prison with his 3-year-old child, said he had been with her since the birth of her child. The training given by the teachers has been very useful. “

B. He thanked the authorities and said that he would not have been able to educate his child if he had not been given these opportunities in prison.

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