EU Agency for Fundamental Rights publishes report on immigration detention of children

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has recently published a report entitled “European legal and policy framework on immigration detention of children”. The deprivation of liberty of children remains a major fundamental rights challenge in the EU, and this report considers children’s rights to protection and care, and the principle of the best interests…

COPE accepted as a member of Child Rights Connect

Child Rights Connect held their annual General Assembly 9-10 May. Along with 7 other organisations, COPE was accepted as a new member of the network. COPE has worked with Child Rights Connect for the past three years as part of the Working Group on Children of Incarcerated Parents; among other activities the “The Rights of Children…

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…

Social work and social rehabilitation in the Polish penitentiary system

From 3-8 April 2017 the Jagiellonian University organised their third Social Labor Seminar in Cracow as part of the framework  of the Polish Social Work Week PSSPS, targeting students and professionals. The theme on day four concerned the penitentiary system in Poland, addressing questions such as: “Is there a place in the Polish penitentiary system…

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…

Children of prisoners briefing to States at United Nations, Geneva

As part of the Child Rights Connect working group on children of incarcerated parents, Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) co-organised and participated in an international briefing for Member States at the UN in Geneva on 1 February 2017. This event took place during the 74th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child…

COPE launches in-school initiative as crowdfunding campaign

We have launched a new schools-based fundraising initiative to benefit children separated from a parent in prison, raising money through a GlobalGiving crowdfunder. Can you help us reach our target of $7500? We could really use your support.  MAKE A DONATION TODAY Across Europe, some 2.1 million children have a parent in prison. They suffer emotional, social and economic difficulties and…

Database on CRC Concluding Observations on children of prisoners

The Working Group on Child of Incarcerated Parents of Child Rights Connect has launched a seminal database on Concluding Observations of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child which specifically mention children affected by parental incarceration. Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO), a member of the Children of Prisoners Europe network, created this database which includes…

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…