Just Time: Delivering the Circle of Security Parent DVD Program® in the Mary Hutchinson Women’s Prison

Ms Rosalie Martin1
1Chatter Matters Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

Children’s early language skill, and in particular vocabulary development, are strong predictors of academic outcomes and social success. Language and social communication develop most strongly when children have exposure to safe, enjoyable interaction, imbued with positive affect across a range of experiences, topics and people. For language and social communication to flourish in a child, attention must be paid to the factors within a child’s relationships and social world which create safety, and allow him to experience enjoyment and a rich, positive emotional life. Interventions which support children’s secure attachment are foundations of children’s mental wellbeing and of the development of social communication, language and literacy. Despite disadvantage in early attachment opportunities ‘it is never too late’ to enrich attachment, and to empower language growth.

Just Time introduced the Circle of Security Parent DVD Program® into the context of a women’s prison. The program teaches a readily-grasped model of attachment processes, made powerful through reflective dialogue and shared video clips. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive from all parties – the women, the speech pathologist facilitators, and the prison personnel.

This paper will share theoretical understanding of the processes which link attachment to the empowerment of children’s voice through language and social communication. It will share the participants’ reflective learnings and the importance of metacognitive awareness for behaviour change. With these understandings, it will link empowerment of the voices of disadvantaged children to wider society and point at direction for systems-change to support these developing voices and lives.


Rosalie Martin is a criminologist, facilitator of reflective dialogue, and clinical speech pathologist of 34 years. In 2013 Rosalie founded a charity, Chatter Matters Tasmania, to bring literacy and parent-child attachment programs to Tasmania’s Risdon Prison. She was awarded 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year for the work she began at the prison. Rosalie is grateful for the platform this recognition has given to promote the value of kind communication in evidence-based service delivery.

Keeping the faith in Godzone

Ms Marilyn  Chetty1
1University Of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

The early dominance and later reconstitution of civil society engagement in the New Zealand corrections sector are reminiscent of the ebbs and flow in civic society noted in other jurisdictions. Faith communities have a long history of engaging in not just prison ministry but also innovative rehabilitation and reintegration efforts, both together with and on behalf of the state. Faith-based initiatives, in particular, have co-existed alongside the secular in the penal sector but their development and progression present an intriguing case study on the changing visibility and influence of religion and spirituality in the penal system of an increasingly secular country. The history of faith-based initiatives is a chronicle of the rise, fall and evolution of faith-based organisations in the penal sector whose relationship with the state includes periods of cooperation, co-option, conflict and comeback. This paper draws on oral history interviews with key knowledgeables to examine the unique historical, economic, social, political and other developments in New Zealand that have influenced or impacted the role of faith-based voluntary sector organisations in the penal sector.


Marilyn Chetty is a doctoral candidate in the School of School Sciences at the University of Auckland. She completed an MA in Criminology in 2013. Her research and teaching interests centre around prisons and penal policy, probation, desistance and criminological theory. Her doctoral research is centred on civil society and civic participation in the New Zealand penal sector, with a focus on the role and impact of faith-based initiatives on reintegration and recidivism.


Procedural justice and motivational posturing: Understanding prisoners’ cooperation and compliance behaviours

Miss Julie Barkworth1, Professor Kristina Murphy1, Associate Professor John  Rynne1
1Griffith Criminology Institute, Brisbane, Australia

Staff-prisoner relationships are consistently shown to be important for maintaining order in prisons. Order not only relies on what staff do, but on prisoners following the directives of staff and complying with prison rules and procedures. A growing body of literature demonstrates procedural justice to be effective for increasing prisoner cooperation with officer directives and compliance with prison rules; however, little has been done to examine for whom, and under what conditions, procedural justice may be most effective. Research in other regulatory contexts (e.g., taxation, policing) has begun to examine the role of motivational postures in the relationship between procedural justice and cooperation and compliance behaviours. The current study aims to use Braithwaite’s (2003) motivational posturing framework to understand this relationship in an Australian prison context. Utilising survey data from 170 prisoners housed in four maximum security prisons in Queensland, Australia, it will be shown how prisoners’ motivational posturing styles influence the effect of procedural justice on prisoners’ decisions of cooperation and compliance. The project will have important implications for developing evidence-based best-practices for prison staff to more effectively engage with prisoners, as well as contributing to theory development in the procedural justice literature.


Julie completed her PhD early this year at Griffith University. Her thesis examined the role of procedural justice and motivational posturing for understanding prisoners’ psychological and behavioural outcomes.


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