FREP holds second annual meeting

15th December 2003 The Fédération des Relais Enfants Parents (FREP), a founding member of EUROCHIPS, held its second annual national meeting November 22 and 23 in Toulouse , with professionals and volunteers from France , Belgium and Togo participating (a Relais Enfants Parents opened in Lomé in July 2004). The two-day event featured a series…

France’s first family ties unit

15th October 2003 France’s first unité de vie familiale, or “family ties unit,” officially opened on September 26, 2003, at the women’s maximum security prison in Rennes . The unit, which consists of three 50- square-meter apartments with two separate bedrooms and a living room, allows women detainees to spend up to 72 hours with…

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC lends her support.

7th October 2003 More than 88,500 children in England and Wales are currently without one of their parents because of imprisonment, Lucy Gampell, Director of Action for Prisoners’ Families, told senior lawyers on October 30th. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC lent her support to the charity at a special event at the British Council, London ….

KIDS VIP organises seminar for prison directors and personnel

3rd October 2003 EUROCHIPS, in tandem with KIDS VIP in the U.K., organized a study day/seminar for prison directors and personnel from various European countries entitled “Maintaining family ties: Identifying training needs and methods,” on 2 October 2003 in Glasgow, Scotland The aim was to foster an exchange of ideas on maintaining family ties for…

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