EU Agency for Fundamental Rights publishes report on immigration detention of children

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has recently published a report entitled “European legal and policy framework on immigration detention of children”. The deprivation of liberty of children remains a major fundamental rights challenge in the EU, and this report considers children’s rights to protection and care, and the principle of the best interests…

Learning for Well-being and CATS

Can you help us send two children affected by parental imprisonment to a Global Forum on Inclusion in the Swiss mountains? We are pleased to have been welcomed into the Learning for Well-being (L4WB) community (formerly the Universal Education Foundation), following our Quality of Childhood session on children with imprisoned parents at the European Parliament…

“Not my crime, still my sentence” 2017 campaign wrap

The 2017 Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) “Not my crime, still my sentence” campaign was a great success! Members were busy the whole month of June, organising a variety of events and activities to raise awareness and feature the voices of children with a parent in prison. Here are some examples of the initiatives:  Nine…

You can now give to COPE through Transnational Giving Europe!

COPE is now a member of Transnational Giving Europe (TGE). This means we can accept donations through one of the TGE national partners to assist with tax-efficient cross-border donations within Europe. “Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) is a partnership of leading European foundations and associations that facilitates tax-efficient cross-border giving within Europe. The TGE network enables donors,…

UN Global study on Children Deprived of Liberty at COPE conference

One of the key speakers at COPE’s recent conference was Chiara Altafin of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC, Venice). Ms Altafin is currently working with Manfred Nowak on the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, after Mr. Nowak was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Independent Expert on…

COPE conference on cross-sectoral benefits of supporting children of prisoners: 19 May 2017

COPE’s 2017 conference in Naples, Italy, took place on 19 May and was organised in partnership with Bambinisenzasbarre. Through a series of engaging presentations, the conference explored how working to support the child-parent relationship when a parent is imprisoned benefits all parties involved: the child, the imprisoned parent, the caretaker parent, the prison, decision-makers, media, local communities,…

Presentation to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

On 31 May 2017, the Child Rights Connect Working Group on Children of Incarcerated Parents (of which COPE is a member) organised an event to brief the incoming members of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, focusing on the issue of the rights of children of imprisoned parents. Laurel Townhead (QUNO) and…

COPE accepted as a member of Child Rights Connect

Child Rights Connect held their annual General Assembly 9-10 May. Along with 7 other organisations, COPE was accepted as a new member of the network. COPE has worked with Child Rights Connect for the past three years as part of the Working Group on Children of Incarcerated Parents; among other activities the “The Rights of Children…

COPE 2016 Network Activity Log

COPE is pleased to share the Network Activity Log 2016, providing an opportunity to explore the initiatives and programs implemented and/or continued by COPE members in 2016. It is inspiring to see all of the work that is being done to support Children of Prisoners across Europe!