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Poland: COPE advocacy and research mission

October 2016 “I use Skype to speak to my 11 year old son” – the effective use of this telecommunications tool was one of the first things we learnt when speaking to a female inmate from the Śledczy Grochów prison in Warsaw. The fifteen-minute weekly Skype session is granted in addition to the one hour…

Pact secures ALP accreditation

Last month, COPE member Pact secured ALP (Accrediting Learning Professionally) accreditation with Skills for Justice for three of their prison-based relationship and parenting programmes (Building Stronger Families, Building Bridges and Time to Connect). Pact is now a Skills for Justice Approved Awards Centre. For more information: http://www.prisonadvice.org.uk/news/prison-relationship-education-parenting-courses-now-accredited-skills-justice  CEO, Andy Keen-Downs, said: “I’m incredibly proud of Pact’s…

European Custody and Detention Summit

14-15 November 2016 Tower of London Complete with workshops, roundtables and technology demonstrations, the European Custody & Detention Summit is a unique forum bringing together custody providers and policymakers to share perspectives, best practice and innovations. Sessions include: Transforming Global Custody; Mental health and police detention; Restorative justice in intercultural settings; Supporting Women in Custody and…

Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings

On 27 and 28 October 2016, COPE member Rachel Brett spoke at the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings conference in Brussels, which was hosted by the Committee of Regions. Rachel’s plenary presentation focused on trans-European perspectives on cross-border justice for children and COPE’s previous collaboration with the AIRE Centre on a joint third party intervention…

Written Declaration on the protection of the children of imprisoned parents

On 12 September, ten Members of the European Parliament placed a Written Declaration (WD) on the protection of children with imprisoned parents before the parliament under Rule 136 of the body’s Rules of Procedure. Read the text here. The sponsoring MEPs, members of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Children’s Rights, include Patrizia Toia (Italy), Sergio Gaetano…

 

 

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