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Age Limits for Children Living in Prisons

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Location: Europe

Age Limits for Children Living in Prisons:

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Country Age Limits
Belgium 3
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark 1
Finland 2
France 1.5
Germany
Greece 3
Ireland 1
Italy 3
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway 0.6
Romania
Slovenia
Spain 3
Sweden 1
Switzerland 3
United Kingdom: England/Wales 1.5
United Kingdom: Northern Ireland
United Kingdom: Scotland

Belgium: Special facilities for mothers with children (only 5). Source: Library of Congress. accessed 4 October 2016

Denmark: Mothers and Fathers. Source Library of Congress. accessed 4 October 2016

Finland: Exceptions can be made to extend to 3 years. Source: Library of Congress. accessed 4 October 2016

France: Special commission to increase age limit case by case. Source: Library of Congress. accessed 4 October 2016

Greece: Source: Library of Congress. accessed 4 October 2016

Ireland: Source: Library of Congress. accessed 4 October 2016

Italy: Source: Library of Congress. accessed 4 October 2016

Luxembourg: Children “too young to be separated from their mothers are allowed to stay with their mother”. Source: Library of Congress, accessed 4 October 2016

Norway: Mothers and children and housed in a separate institution until 9 months. Source: Library of Congress, accessed 4 October 2016

Spain: Source: Library of Congress, accessed 4 October 2016

Sweden: Generally under 1 year. Special exceptions are made between 1 and 3 years old. Board determines what is best for the child. Source: Library of Congress, accessed 4 October 2016

Switzerland: In practice. Source: Library of Congress, accessed 4 October 2016

England/Wales: Special units assigned by admissions board chaired by social workers decide case by case. Source: Library of Congress, accessed 4 October 2016