Helping not hurting: horizontal care to peer care in a UK prison – 26 Apr 2022 – Online Resilience Forum

Helping not hurting: horizontal care to peer care in a UK prison – 26 Apr 2022 – Online Resilience Forum

Topic Helping not hurting: horizontal care and learning to peer care in a UK prison – Dr Warren Stewart 
Date Wednesday 26th April 2022
Time 16:00 – 17:30 GMT
Location Online (please arrive in the online platform 5 minutes prior)

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Session Summary

Over the past two decades, the proportion of older prisoners has increased dramatically from 7 to 17 per cent of the total prison population in England and Wales. This is problematic as their needs are holistically different to their younger counterparts and prisons are not designed for issues associated with older adulthood. Increases in human frailty, disability and dependency raise numerous financial and managerial issues for prison administrators. These issues are set against a backdrop of reduced funding, overcrowding, increasing violence, increasing self-harm and suicide.

My study investigates existing low-level, preventative peer caregiving practices, examining the factors that constrain or promote caregiver/receiver relations in a prison setting. The aim was to contribute to new understandings that can mitigate the effects of an increasingly ageing and infirm population, by developing the amount and quality of peer caregiving. Data were collected using mixed qualitative methods, namely, participant observation and interview. Prisoner peer caregiving is identified as a relatively new discourse and practice that is in tension with better established discourses and practices of security, control, and managerialism. Developing models of horizontal care, supported by social forms of learning are recommended as contributing to improving peer care practice in prisons. The next phase of research focuses supporting the resilience of older prisoners.


Dr Warren Stewart

I currently sit within the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing lecturing team at the University of Brighton. I am interested in mental health nurse education, health and social care issues for people in contact with justice organisations and social research. I previously worked at LSBU (2004-12) where I developed and led the FdSc Offender Care and completed a sequence of secondments with health and justice organisations. After joining the University of Brighton in 2012 I undertook a Professional Doctorate in Education, focusing on the development of peer care in prisons in support of older adults and disabled detainees. Other research outputs include a systematic review on stress and burnout amongst the forensic nursing and prison health care workforce.

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Useful reading

Ethics in Practice – ‘Helping Not Hurting’: Horizontal Care and Learning to Peer Care in Prison

Intrapersonal and Inter-subjective Challenges of Researching Older and Vulnerable Males Convicted of Sexual Offences

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