Accompanying discussion guidelines for caregivers, teachers and social workers to use with “Because it’s our right”: Discussion guidelines

Children who have an imprisoned parent may experience anxiety, shame, low self-esteem. Sharing important moments, events and experiences may not be possible because their father/mother is far away. This can cause a young child to feel alone and confused.

Caregivers, teachers, and service providers like you can support children during this difficult time by validating their emotions, providing routine and structure, as well as helping them keep in touch. Under Article 9 of the UNCRC, children have the right to be in contact with their parents, unless this is contrary to the child’s best interests. Often, children are unaware of this right. To help them understand their right, as well as ways to connect with a parent who is far away, you can watch the above video with the child, and use the discussion prompts to help begin a discussion about keeping in touch.

This video has been co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program of the European Union. The contents of this video are the sole responsibility of Children of Prisoners Europe and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.