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Children of Prisoners

Children and families coping with imprisonment are often described as the ‘hidden’ victims of the penal system because they must endure their own sentence, despite not having perpetrated any crime.

IPRT works towards the recognition and support of the rights and needs of children and families affected by imprisonment through research, advocacy, and awareness-raising activities.

Please note this section contains information about advocacy and developments, both national and international. Practical information for prisoners and their families is available here.

UK: Booklets for children with Parents in Custody- I-HOP 23rd January 2017

Booklets designed to help defendants and their families to prepare for the possibility of imprisonment. Read more

Temporary release from prison at Christmas 23rd December 2016

Christmas is one of the most difficult times of year for prisoners and their families. Read more

UK: Family Connections 16th December 2016

The Prison Reform Trust UK, in collaboration with the ICPR and University of Birkbeck in London have released a report on the importance of family relations to prisoners on their release into the community. Read more

England & Wales: 'Life in Prison:Contact with families and friends' 5th September 2016

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a new findings report detailing the importance for prisoners of maintaining relationships with those outside prison. Read more

Youth justice issues at UNCRC 15th January 2016

Ireland is being examined at the UN in respect of its compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. IPRT's formal submissions were included as part of the Children’s Rights Alliance Parallel Report. Read more

Wales: Locked out - Children’s experiences of visiting a parent in prison. 4th December 2015

A new report on children of prisoners details the views of children in particular on the experience of visiting a parent in prison. Read more

Pilot Parenting Programme in Limerick Prison 16th October 2015

A new parenting programme piloted in Limerick prison is featured on the Sean O'Rourke programme on RTE Radio one. Read more

Children of Prisoners: Not My Crime, Still My Sentence 2nd June 2015

The 2015 Children of Prisoners Europe June campaign, “Not my crime, still my sentence”, aims to inform, raise awareness about and draw attention to the rights and needs of children separated from a parent in prison. Read more

Launch of the European Journal of Parental Imprisonment 27th March 2015

A new journal to examine the issues relating to children affected by parental imprisonment Read more

Scotland: Support for Children (Impact of Parental Imprisonment) (Scotland) Bill 19th February 2015

Labour MSP Mary Fee has launched a Bill to support the children of prisoners Read more