Information, assistance and support for children of prisoners

This week, the focus of COPE’s campaign “Not my crime, still my sentence” is the importance of providing information, assistance and support for children of imprisoned parents. Receiving appropriate and timely information about their parent’s whereabouts and well-being is of crucial importance to a child. Lack of information may lead to confusion, anxiety and fears….

Maintaining family ties: visits and other forms of contact

This week, COPE’s Not My Crime, Still My Sentence campaign will be focusing on the theme of maintaining family ties through prison visits and alternative communications. The absence of a parent can significantly change the family dynamic and can have negative effects on a child’s development. COPE wants to raise awareness about the importance of…

Child-friendly visits for children with imprisoned parents

This week, Children of Prisoners Europe has focused its “Not my crime, still my sentence” campaign on Article 2 of the Italian Memorandum of Understanding on children with imprisoned parents. Article 2 of the Memorandum focuses on making prison visits child-friendly. It calls for the designation of a “children’s space” with toys and drawing boards…

Andrea Orlando, Italian Minister for Justice, sends message to COPE

Letter from Minister Andrea Orlando, Minister of Justice, Italy Sent to the President of the COPE network, Lucy Gampell, at COPE’s annual conference co-organised and hosted by the Ombudsman for Children in Zagreb, Croatia, which took place on 20 May 2016 Children with a parent in conflict with the law: What are their best interests? How can…

“Not my crime, still my sentence” campaign: 7th edition

Throughout the month of June, COPE runs an annual pan-European campaign entitled “Not my crime, still my sentence”. The objectives of the campaign include: • Awareness-raising about the rights and needs of children affected by the imprisonment of a parent • Effecting policy change for these children on the local, national and European level The…