New focus on prisoners’ children

16th December 2006 Beginning 1 January 2007, the Rotterdam-based foundation Slechts op Bezoek (“Just Visiting”) will be shifting its main focus onto children with imprisoned parents. Since its establishment in 1996, Slechts op Bezoek has been offering support to families, friends and other close to offenders. Children have remained largely outside the scope of the…

New three-year European project entitled V.I.P. (Visiting in Prisons)

16th August 2006 A three-year European project entitled V.I.P. (Visiting in Prisons), part of the European Commission’s Grundtvig adult education and life-learning program, has begun involving partners from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Germany and the UK Prisons H.M.P Winchester and The Wolds. This project aims to address offender and child relationships by improving…

“Does Every Child Matter?”

16th July 2006 The Children Act 2004 introduced the UK Government’s “Every Child Matters” program of reform. A conference organized by Action for Prisoners’ Families in London in October explored if this was indeed true for meeting the needs of children affected by imprisonment within their families. It also looked at possible measures to tackle…

An evaluation of the safer locals programme

16th June 2006 A report by researchers at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology Prisons Research Centre in England demonstrates how maintaining family ties and contact during imprisonment can help prevent suicide and self harm among offenders. The research, entitled An Evaluation of the Safer Locals Programme, was carried out by Alison Liebling, Sarah Tait, Linda Durie,…

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