Evaluation of ‘Parenting without Conflict’ in HMP setting

restorative thinking

In September – December 2017, Restorative Thinking was asked by POPS (Partners of Prisoners) to deliver our parenting programme, ‘Parenting without Conflict’, with four separate groups at HMP Risley. In total, 22 participants completed the course and the associated evaluation tools and 2 facilitators provided written feedback. For this short project, we decided to focus on the testing the following programme outcomes for participants:

  • Evidence of change in thinking about the parent/carer role.
  • Evidence of change in behaviour (parenting strategies put into practice).
  • Evidence of positive outcomes for children whilst parent/carer is attending ‘Parenting without Conflict’.


In light of Lord Farmer’s Review to investigate how supporting men in prison in England and Wales to engage with their families can reduce reoffending, we believe our short report supports some of the key findings of the Review, and adds to the discussion.

Our evaluation report is available here.