Italy renews Memorandum of Understanding on children with imprisoned parents

On 6 September 2016, the Italian Minister for Justice, Andrea Orlando, has renewed his signature of COPE member Bambinisenzasbarre’s pioneering Memorandum of Understanding on children with imprisoned parents. The third signatory, Filomena Albano, Italian Ombudswoman for Childhood and Adolescence has also renewed her signature. This landmark document, a first in Europe, represents an agreement between the…

Online forum: Families affected by incarceration

COPE’s Dutch partner Exodus has launched an online forum for Families affected by the incarceration of a parent. The forum provides information and allows children whose parents are in prison, and other family members, to get in touch with others experience similar situations. To access the forum, people can register on www.exodus.nl. The forum protects…

COPE Conference outcome report published

COPE annual conference and network meeting 2016 The outcome report for the Conference “Children with a parent in conflict with the law: What are their best interests? How can they be met?”, which took place on Friday 20 May 2016 at the Stara gradska vijećnica, Zagreb, Croatia, is now online. Click here to view or download the report….

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

Over the years, COPE’s campaign “Not my crime, still my sentence” has become a landmark annual event for all organisations working for the rights of children with imprisoned parents. Launched in 2010 and taken up by many supporters, the campaign is now celebrated annually in 15 countries with the aim of raising awareness about the…

Data collection and children with imprisoned parents

This week, COPE’s annual campaign “Not my crime, still my sentence” will be focusing on the importance of collecting data relating to children of prisoners. Included in Article 6 of the Italian Memorandum of Understanding and expressly stated as the subject of a Council of Europe Parliamentary resolution, data collection is an issue of key…