Arts and art therapy for women in prisons
New guidance from Public Health England endorses the value of arts engagement as a tool for improved mental and physical health for women in prison.
The guidance comes in a set of standards for gender-specific health interventions and cites dance as a valuable resource for physical wellbeing and arts engagement as a useful tool in mental wellbeing, improving self-esteem and building self-efficacy. Art therapy is cited for its potential to impact positively on drug dependency. The standards set out evidence-based good practice in addressing the health and wellbeing needs of women in prison. They were developed from a literature review of current evidence and reviewed through consultation with national and international experts.