Robinson M, Templeton M, Kelly C, Grant D, Buston K, Hunt K & Lohan M (2022) 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. International Journal of Prisoner Health. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPH-02-2022-0008
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.
Methodology: 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: 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.
Relationship and Sexuality Education; Intervention Development; Young Offenders; Masculinities; Fatherhood; Gender Equality; Co-production; Prison Health
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online
International Journal of Prisoner Health