Mothering Justice: Working with Mothers in Criminal and Social Justice Settings
Edited by Lucy Baldwin. With a Foreword by Vicky Pryce
Due for publication 01/10/2015
Written by experts with first-hand experience working with troubled mothers, this is the first book taking motherhood as a focus for criminal/social justice interventions. Covers the entire sequence affecting mothers caught up in such processes.
‘The notion that the majority of women who are in the Criminal Justice System have been failed by a range of services and should never have been in the criminal justice system at all has gained considerable support over recent years. However, what has become increasingly clear in the discourse is that the impact on the lives of not only the children of women in the criminal justice system which is hugely significant and damaging, but on the mothers themselves – and they all deserve better. In telling these stories in such an accessible way there is hope that practitioners will understand that this goes much deeper than a troubled mother’s life, and that this will lead to more being done to intervene appropriately at earlier times for both the mother and the children, and that this will change the course of life for women and their children’ Jackie Russell
Lucy Baldwin is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at De Montfort University, Leicester, having joined academia in 2004 after a long career in social and criminal justice. She has practised in a variety of fields including social work, probation and prisons and has experience across a wide range of settings from service user, victim and offender-focussed perspectives when she has been ‘touched by the heart and soul of women, especially the mothers with whom I have worked and the challenges they face.’ A mother of three and stepmother of one she is also a novice grandmother.