On 10 January 2017, MEP Julie Ward and the Brussels-based Alliance for Children European Network Group are planning a two-hour Quality of Childhood (QoC) session at the European Parliament devoted to the issue of children with imprisoned parents. COPE has been invited to co-organise the session. The QoC session will provide a good opportunity to generate discussion, explore further avenues for advocacy, and expand the topic of prisoners’ children across a broad cross-sectoral range of stakeholders present. The current Alliance for Childhood is composed of 29 members in 16 countries, a diverse mix of health and education initiatives; child welfare organisations; parenting and family relationships organisations (e.g., European Parents’ Association, Familylab International); early childhood organisations (e.g., European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants, Le Furet in France); education organisations (e.g., Experiential Education Project, Universal Education Foundation); networks (e.g., European Network for Child-Friendly Cities, promoting the rights of children and young people at the local political level); and researchers and psychologists working on quality of childhood. This is a great opportunity to expand COPE’s work into new sectors, while defining ways forward. The QoC session is open to the public. Please contact us for more details.
Quality of Childhood session on children of prisoners