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Home > Arhiva > 2023 > Numar: 1 > The Role of Social Workers in Working with Incarcerate Parents – the Case of Albania

 The Role of Social Workers in Working with Incarcerate Parents – the Case of Albania

  • Juliana Ajdini (Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Faculty of Social Science, University of Tirana, Albania. E-mail:

The member of staff of social services in prisons plays an important role in the rehabilitation and reintegration of incarcerated parents. At a time when the incarcerated parents are growing and approach on human rights is involved in all aspects of our lives, the role of educational programs in prisons should also reflect these changes. This article aims to present the findings of a study conducted with 10 staff members on five prisons in Albania. The main issues addressed include the goals of these programs, targeted skills, types of programs, the challenges they face, their effectiveness and efficiency. This study used qualitative research methods and as instrument the semi -structured interview. The study showed that more should be done in the design and implementation of educational programs in terms of parenthood. The participants assessed the fact that educational programs should begin prior conviction and aim not recidivism of prisoners. Thus, the main challenge identified by participants was the education community with the involvement of many stakeholders such as family, community, peers, schools etc.

Keywords: educational programs, psycho-social service, incarcerated parents, penitentiary, social workers