Irish Penal Reform Trust

National Advocacy Strategy for Children with a Parent in Prison

6th July 2017

IPRT is collaborating with lead partners University College Cork and the Children’s Rights Alliance, in a project which has the overall aim of developing a National Advocacy Strategy for children with a parent in prison.

As part of this project, IPRT’s Senior Research and Policy Manager Michelle Martyn delivered a video-link presentation on the impact of imprisonment on children and families in Ireland to the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents in New Zealand (March 2017), and also travelled to Naples in June 2017 for the annual COPE (Children of Prisoners Europe) Conference to discuss best practice ideas at a European level.

UCC, the Children Rights Alliance and IPRT will hold an event launching this very important strategy in September 2017.

As part of the project, we are consulting with a number of groups, including those working directly with children and their families. A survey has been compiled for professionals and practitioners to complete. The aim of the survey is to identify gaps in service provision for children with a parent in prison. The overall objective of developing a National Advocacy Strategy is to recognise and improve outcomes for this cohort of children.

We would gratefully appreciate if you as a professional or practitioner could fill out the survey at the link below. Please feel free to circulate to other colleagues working in this sector:

If you are researcher working in this area, please fill out the following survey link:

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