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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…

Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child to be launched April 2016

On 5 and 6 April 2016, the Committee of Ministers will adopt the new Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021). It will be launched at the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The Council of Europe’s children’s strategy is based on four main objectives of the Monaco Strategy (2011-2015)….

QUNO suggested questions for UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

COPE member organisation Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) has submitted suggested questions and concluding observations on children of prisoners to the 71st session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, which began on the 11 January 2016. QUNO submitted questions for Ireland, France, and Latvia’s review before the Committee on Child…


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