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COPE’s Spanish Memorandum of Understanding as model for Argentinian advocacy

COPE has received some exciting news from Plataforma NNAPES (the group of 10 organisations across Latin America and the Caribbean working with and on behalf of children with imprisoned parents). The Argentinian-based members of NNAPES, ACIFAD (Families of Prisoners Association) and CWS (Church World Service) alongside the People Deprived of Liberty´s office of the National…

Alternative Sociale visits Families and Friends of Prisoners in Norway

In April, Families and Friends of Prisoners (FFP) welcomed COPE’s new Applicant member from Romania, Alternative Sociale, an organisation working with and for children of prisoners and their families in Romania. The visit was an interesting and rewarding experience for both organisations, which allowed them to share information about their work, experiences and best practice….

Save the date: COPE annual conference, Zagreb, Friday 20 May 2016

On Friday 20 May 2016, COPE will host its annual conference in Zagreb, Croatia. The title of this year’s conference will be:  “Children with a parent in conflict with the law: What are their best interests? How can they be met?”   Today, approximately 1 million children in Europe are estimated to have a parent in…

COPE policy developments for children affected by parental incarceration 2015

The year 2016 promises excellent momentum, building on the successes of COPE and the work of its members in 2015 in advancing policy for children with imprisoned parents on national and international levels. Over the course of 2015, COPE’s action and the excellent advocacy work of its member organisations have contributed to an increased awareness of the…

COPE fact-finding mission to Portugal, December 2015

COPE began a series of meetings in Portugal in early December 2015, aimed at further developing the COPE network and gathering information on the situation of children with imprisoned parents. Over the course of three days, COPE met with national bodies, such as the Provedor de Justiça, as well as with academics, researchers and social…


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