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…

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…

First Portuguese conference on children of prisoners

On 31 January, COPE’s Secretary General Nancy Loucks OBE of Families Outside represented COPE at a Parliamentary expert meeting and a national-level conference on children with imprisoned parents in Lisbon, Portugal. Nancy spoke on behalf of COPE about the network, recent European developments for children of prisoners and the Italian model Memorandum of Understanding. Among…

Quality of Childhood session on children of prisoners

On 10 January 2017, MEP Julie Ward and the Brussels-based Alliance for Children European Network Group are planning a two-hour Quality of Childhood (QoC) session at the European Parliament devoted to the issue of children with imprisoned parents. COPE has been invited to co-organise the session. The QoC session will provide a good opportunity to…

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…

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…

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…