The aim of the Changing Perspectives project is to design and implement a game-based tool for dialogue used by family consultants in their work with incarcerated fathers within the Danish Prison and Probation Service’s Parenting program. The project has resulted in FARS OMGANG – a tool facilitating conversations on parent-child relationships that is currently being evaluated.
Today, there are 4000 prisoners in Denmark. All of them have families and most of them have children living outside the prison walls. According to Statistics Denmark 3% of all Danish children have at some point in their life experienced the imprisonment of a parent. At any point in time around 4,500 children have a mother or father in prison (Smith, 2010, p. 29).
Parental incarceration is documented to cause a range of developmental problems for children. However, empirical studies have suggested that well‐designed interventions, which support inmates in their parenting role and sustain proximal process with their children, can have a positive effect on parenting post release and children’s well-being.