November News and Developments: Children of Prisoners Europe
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COPE launches children with imprisoned parents database

COPE has launched a new database inventorying information on national and European initiatives, statistics and policy advances relating to children separated from a parent in prison. Users can browse by theme or by location, using an interactive map. Initiatives are divided into those inside prison, those outside prison and online initiatives. The live version is a pilot project and will continually be updated. To access, click here
Written declaration on children with imprisoned parents

On 12 September, ten Members of the European Parliament placed a Written Declaration (WD) on the protection of children with imprisoned parents before the parliament under Rule 136 of the body’s Rules of Procedure. The WD calls upon the Commission to consider the possibility of establishing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for children of prisoners at EU level, drawing on the landmark MoU signed by Italy in March 2014 and renewed on 6 September 2016. Read more.

QoC session on children of imprisoned parents

COPE has been invited by MEP Julie Ward to co-organise a Quality of Childhood (QoC) session on children of imprisoned parents at the European Parliament with the Alliance for Children European Network Group. The QoC session, scheduled for 10 January 2017 and hosted by MEP Ward, will provide a very valuable opportunity to generate discussion, further explore avenues for advocacy, and expand the topic of children of prisoners across a broad cross-sectoral range of stakeholders present. Read more

Research: The rights of children of prisoners in Latvia

Anna Krasanova LL.M, Senior Lawyer of the Children's Rights Division of the Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Latvia has published research entitled “Research of the Situation Regarding the Right of the Children of Imprisoned Persons to Contact with Their Parents in Latvia”. Read more and download the English summary here.

Poland: COPE advocacy and research mission

In October 2016, COPE travelled to Poland as part of an initial advocacy and research mission, to investigate the situation of children with imprisoned parents on the national level. During this trip, COPE met with representatives from the Polish Prison Service, UNICEF Poland, the NGO Malopolskie Stowarzyszenie Probacja, the Slawek Foundation and the Ignatianum Academy, and the topic was met in general with great interest. Read more.

Pact secures ALP accreditation with Skills for Justice

Congratulations to our UK member Pact who last month secured ALP (Accrediting Learning Professionally) accreditation with Skills for Justice for three of their prison-based relationship and parenting programmes (Building Stronger Families, Building Bridges and Time to Connect). Pact is now a Skills for Justice Approved Awards Centre. Read more.
Database of CRC Concluding Observations

The Working Group on Children of Incarcerated Parents of Child Rights Connect and Quaker United Nations Office have launched a seminal database on Concluding Observations of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child which specifically mention children affected by parental incarceration. The launch advances efforts to enhance information about this group of children and to inventory UN monitoring of their situation. To access:
Italy renews Memorandum of Understanding

On 6 September 2016, the Italian Minister for Justice, Andrea Orlando, and Italian Ombudswoman for Childhood and Adolescence, Filomena Albano, renewed their signatures of COPE member Bambinisenzasbarre’s pioneering Memorandum of Understanding on children with imprisoned parents. This landmark document, a first in Europe for this group of children, is an agreement regarding the fulfilment and protection of the rights of children of imprisoned parents. Read more
Recent events

Conference: Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings

On 28 October 2016, COPE member Rachel Brett spoke at the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings conference in Brussels, organised by Child Circle and the AIRE Centre and hosted by the EU Committee of Regions. Rachel’s plenary presentation looked at trans-European perspectives on cross-border justice for children, and her workshop focused on how actors can work together to support children in judicial processes. Read more.

European Custody & Detention Summit
14-15 November 2016

COPE President Lucy Gampell will speak at the European Custody & Detention Summit at the Tower of London, on the importance of family relationships when a parent is imprisoned. This key summit is a unique forum bringing together custody providers and policymakers to share perspectives, best practice and innovations. Read more.

Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl Conference: The Legacy of Crime
3 December 2016

COPE President Lucy Gampell has been invited to speak at a conference organised by our Maltese affiliate Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl Foundation on Saturday 3 December, with the Institute for Family Therapy and the President of Malta. The conference will showcase child-centred research carried out by Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl’s entitled “The legacy of crime: stories of families with an incarcerated partner & parent”, which involved a sample of 50 children.

Justice and the Children of Incarcerated Parents
20 - 23 March 2017

INCCIP, the International Coalition for the Children of Incarcerated Parents, will be holding its first conference in Rotorua, New Zealand between 20-23 March 2017, co-organised by the organisation Pillars. Conference themes include research, advocacy, working with the children of prisoners and including the voices of families and children. Registration is now open. For more information, click here.
Your continued support is invaluable in helping us achieve our goal of supporting children with imprisoned parents across Europe. Please consider making a donation through our website.

Children of Prisoners Europe would like to thank the Bernard van Leer Foundation for their continued and kind support of the network. The network also wishes to thank the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program of the European Union for its 2016 operating grant. The contents of the above are the sole responsibility of Children of Prisoners Europe and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

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