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…

20 May Conference: COPE and the Ombudsman for Children Croatia

On the 20th May, COPE co-hosted its annual conference with the Ombudsman for Children Croatia, at the Old Town Hall, Zagreb, entitled Children with a Parent in Conflict With the Law: What are their best interests? How can they be met? Over 200 delegates attended the conference, which began with an introduction from the Ombudswoman…

COPE’s Spanish Memorandum of Understanding as model for Argentinian advocacy

COPE has received some exciting news from Plataforma NNAPES (the group of 10 organisations across Latin America and the Caribbean working with and on behalf of children with imprisoned parents). The Argentinian-based members of NNAPES, ACIFAD (Families of Prisoners Association) and CWS (Church World Service) alongside the People Deprived of Liberty´s office of the National…