“Not my crime, still my sentence” 2017 campaign wrap

The 2017 Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) “Not my crime, still my sentence” campaign was a great success! Members were busy the whole month of June, organising a variety of events and activities to raise awareness and feature the voices of children with a parent in prison. Here are some examples of the initiatives:  Nine…

UN Global study on Children Deprived of Liberty at COPE conference

One of the key speakers at COPE’s recent conference was Chiara Altafin of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC, Venice). Ms Altafin is currently working with Manfred Nowak on the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, after Mr. Nowak was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Independent Expert on…

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,…

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…

“Children Outside Prison” Project in Turkey

“Children Outside Prison”, the year-long project in which COPE participated with Türkiye Çocuklara Yeniden Ozgürlük Vakfı (TCYOV, Youth Re-autonomy Foundation of Turkey), a COPE affiliate, came to a close in January. Founded in 1992, TCYOV is the largest independent non-governmental organization in Turkey working in the field of juvenile justice. Through its advocacy and fieldwork,…

Second Framing Analysis Workshop to take place in Naples

After the positive feedback from the frame-reflective analysis workshop on 21 May 2016 in Zagreb, a second workshop will take place 20 May 2017 in Naples, following the COPE international conference and network meeting. The workshop in Zagreb was an “Introduction to Framing as a tool in Policy Analysis”. The focus during this workshop was…

MOOC: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

“Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children” is the title of a new free training MOOC offered by an International Inter-Agency steering group focused on child rights. For many different reasons there are children all around the world who cannot live with their parents. The UN…

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…

New publications from Families Outside

Families Outside (Scotland) published a number of new resources for families in 2016. Picking up the Pieces  is a handbook for families of people convicted of a sexual offence, written with input from families themselves. This has since been translated for use in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The Families Left Behind is a handbook for families,…

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…