What can we do today: Activity Pack Suitable for Use in Prisons
Produced and Published by Children’s Links
Price £24.99 from email@example.com or Amazon
This is a book of play ideas and activities which has been produced for prison officers, staff and volunteers who provide play for children visiting a parent or relative in prison. It would also be useful for volunteers providing play if they have little or no play experience or training.
All prisons are different and have different rules and regulations. Some restrict play material significantly and some allow a wider variety. There are five categories of activities outlined
1. Arts, Play and Science
2. Family challenges
3. Older children
4. Table top activities
5. Themed and Seasonal activities
The main aim of the book is to provide
· opportunities to do something interesting
· allow families to play together
· develop creativity and imagination
· develop social skills
· ease the stress associated for everyone on visits to prisons
· build confidence and maintain relationships.
There are suggestions where play material might be found and some approximate costs.
Many of the games will be familiar to experienced playworkers, but often prison visits are staffed by volunteers or prison officers and the book will give them lots of ideas with very clear and simple explanations and using inexpensive materials.
The table top section is particularly useful because often the prisoners will not be allowed to move from their chairs, and the way to get children, young people and prisoners to play together is have some play material which can be taken to the table. This helps to promote and maintain family relationships.
There are useful suggestions for linked activities, and health and safety guidelines.
This would be a really useful book for anyone working in prisons, but also for anyone who is providing play in restricted circumstances such as detention centres, refugee centres, or women’s refuges.