Vulnerabilities and pathways related to parental imprisonment

The 11th European Forum on the Rights of the Child took place in Brussels on 7-8 November 2017, entitled “Children deprived of liberty and alternatives to detention,” bringing together over 350 participants from UN agencies and bodies, global, European and national organisations and individuals working to protect, defend and promote the implementation of the rights…

COPE conference on cross-sectoral benefits of supporting children of prisoners: 19 May 2017

COPE’s 2017 conference in Naples, Italy, took place on 19 May and was organised in partnership with Bambinisenzasbarre. Through a series of engaging presentations, the conference explored how working to support the child-parent relationship when a parent is imprisoned benefits all parties involved: the child, the imprisoned parent, the caretaker parent, the prison, decision-makers, media, local communities,…

Register now for COPE’s annual conference – 19 May 2017 in Naples, Italy

COPE international conference and network meeting 2017 Supporting children with imprisoned parents: A cross-sectoral approach benefiting all Bambinisenzasbarre Onlus and Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) 19 May 2017 Hall of Barons (Sala dei Baroni) Castel Nuovo-Maschio Angioino, Naples, Italy   Register now Conference registration is free with an optional donation of 25€ (suggestion). This pan-European conference, hosted by Bambinisenzasbarre and…

COPE annual conference registration open

Registration is now open for COPE’s joint conference with Bambinisenzasbarre in Naples, 19 May 2017: Supporting children with imprisoned parents: A cross-sectoral approach benefiting all Friday 19 May 2017 Hall of Barons (Sala dei Baroni) Castel Nuovo-Maschio Angioino, Naples, Italy To register, please click here. About the conference This pan-European conference, hosted by Bambinisenzasbarre and co-organised…

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…

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…

Information, assistance and support for children of prisoners

This week, the focus of COPE’s campaign “Not my crime, still my sentence” is the importance of providing information, assistance and support for children of imprisoned parents. Receiving appropriate and timely information about their parent’s whereabouts and well-being is of crucial importance to a child. Lack of information may lead to confusion, anxiety and fears….

Andrea Orlando, Italian Minister for Justice, sends message to COPE

Letter from Minister Andrea Orlando, Minister of Justice, Italy Sent to the President of the COPE network, Lucy Gampell, at COPE’s annual conference co-organised and hosted by the Ombudsman for Children in Zagreb, Croatia, which took place on 20 May 2016 Children with a parent in conflict with the law: What are their best interests? How can…