You can now give to COPE through Transnational Giving Europe!

COPE is now a member of Transnational Giving Europe (TGE). This means we can accept donations through one of the TGE national partners to assist with tax-efficient cross-border donations within Europe. “Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) is a partnership of leading European foundations and associations that facilitates tax-efficient cross-border giving within Europe. The TGE network enables donors,…

Second Family Relations Expert Meeting organised by EuroPris in Finland

On 6-7 April 2017, in Helsinki, Finland, EuroPris organised the second Family Relations expert meeting. Lucy Gampell and Madelein Kattel, COPE Board members, were present at the meeting, which was a follow-up to the first meeting held in Zagreb, 18-19 May 2016. The Family Relations expert group comprises 11 experts from European National Agencies (Czech…

Prison Inspectorate 2015/2016 Report in England and Wales

The Inspectorate of Prisons (England and Wales) report published in August 2016 acknowledged that maintaining family contact, where appropriate, is a “key source of support for prisoners during their time in custody and on their release”. The Inspectorate also recognised that: “maintaining contact with the imprisoned parents supports the children’s development: mentally, emotionally and in…

IPRT researches prisoners’ families

19th June 2012 The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is currently undertaking research on prisoners’ families in Ireland. The main objective of their research is to raise awareness about the grievances of prisoners’ families, including prison visits, financial difficulties and difficulties associated with separation. The trust intends to examine the issue of children’s rights from…