Addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights with men in prisons: Co-production and feasibility testing of a relationship, sexuality and future fatherhood education programme

Martin Robinson, Michelle Templeton, Carmel Kelly, David Grant, Katie Buston, Kate Hunt, Maria Lohan

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Abstract

Purpose: Young Incarcerated male offenders are at risk of poorer sexual health, adolescent parenthood, and lack opportunities for formative relationship and sexuality education [RSE] as well as positive male role models. The paper reports the co-production and feasibility testing of a novel RSE programme with young male offenders to encourage positive healthy relationships, gender equality and future positive fatherhood.

Design/methodology/approach: Using a rights-based participatory approach, we co-produced an RSE programme with young offenders and service providers at two UK prison sites using a sequential research design of: Needs Analysis, Co-production, and a Feasibility Pilot. Core components of the programme are grounded in evidence-based RSE, gender-transformative and behaviour change theory.

Findings: A Needs Analysis highlighted the men’s interest in RSE along with the appeal of film drama and peer-group based activities. In co-production stage, scripts were developed with the young men to generate tailored film dramas and associated activities. This co-production led to If I Were a Dad an eight-week programme comprised of short films and activities addressing masculinities, relationships, sexual health and future fatherhood. A feasibility pilot of the programme demonstrated acceptability and feasibility of delivery in two prison sites. The programme warrants further implementation and evaluation studies.

Originality/value: This study contributes a novel co-produced RSE programme for male young offenders to promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights of male prisoners, their partners and gender-equality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Prisoner Health
Early online date18 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 18 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Relationship and Sexuality Education
  • Intervention Development
  • Young Offenders
  • Masculinities;
  • Fatherhood;
  • Gender Equality
  • Co-production
  • Prison Health

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