Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation

COPE began working in Strasbourg with the Council of Europe in late January 2017 to draft a Committee of Ministers Recommendation on Children with Imprisoned Parents. The Recommendation will be based on all aspects of the Italian Memorandum of Understanding that are relevant to prisons, including rights to visits; child-friendly spaces and information; supporting the child-parent relationship; prison officer…

Children of prisoners briefing to States at United Nations, Geneva

As part of the Child Rights Connect working group on children of incarcerated parents, Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) co-organised and participated in an international briefing for Member States at the UN in Geneva on 1 February 2017. This event took place during the 74th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child…

Prison Inspectorate 2015/2016 Report in England and Wales

The Inspectorate of Prisons (England and Wales) report published in August 2016 acknowledged that maintaining family contact, where appropriate, is a “key source of support for prisoners during their time in custody and on their release”. The Inspectorate also recognised that: “maintaining contact with the imprisoned parents supports the children’s development: mentally, emotionally and in…

COPE launches in-school initiative as crowdfunding campaign

We have launched a new schools-based fundraising initiative to benefit children separated from a parent in prison, raising money through a GlobalGiving crowdfunder. Can you help us reach our target of $7500? We could really use your support.  MAKE A DONATION TODAY Across Europe, some 2.1 million children have a parent in prison. They suffer emotional, social and economic difficulties and…