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.

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

UCC: Changing Mindsets, Changing Minds: Conference on the Rights of Children of Offenders 5th December 2014

UCC School of Law are hosting a one day international Conference of an interdisciplinary nature highlighting the rights of children affected by family imprisonment. Read more

UK: Report published on community services for children with a parent in prison 4th June 2013

Barnardo’s has published a report on two pilot community services working with children and families with a parent in prison, which it ran in Bristol and Devon from 2010-2011. Read more

Roundup: Reactions to Report on Children and Families of Prisoners 20th November 2012

A roundup of media reactions and discussions on issues raised in a new IPRT report, '"Picking Up the Pieces": The rights and Needs of Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment.' Read more

"Picking Up the Pieces": The Rights and Needs of Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment 19th November 2012 PDF documents

This IPRT research report details the rights, needs and experiences of families and children of prisoners. It follows extensive consultations with children, families, support services and relevant agencies. Read more

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