Data collection and children affected by parental incarceration

Based on COPE’s estimates, 800,000 children have a parent in prison on any given day in the European Union, a figure that rises to 2.1 million when all Council of Europe countries are included. The total number of children affected throughout a year is likely even higher again, given that the total number of people…

Database on CRC Concluding Observations on children of prisoners

The Working Group on Child of Incarcerated Parents of Child Rights Connect has launched a seminal database on Concluding Observations of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child which specifically mention children affected by parental incarceration. Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO), a member of the Children of Prisoners Europe network, created this database which includes…

COPE invited to meet with new FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty

“Europe is facing a crisis in terms of the respect of fundamental rights” New Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union (FRA), Michael O’Flaherty’s meeting with civil society representatives in France, including the Children of Prisoners Europe network left those present motivated and hopeful, but not without a feeling of having been…

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…