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On June 21, 2016 was successfully held the second visit of children assisted in prison Velke Prilepy

CHC children and their escorts secured and paid for transportation from foster home to the prison, while a representative of CHC Lucie Rybová children escorted to the prison, where they assisted during the visit. Visits Prison Prilep participated in four children aged 2 to 13 years and two convicts mother.

Thank guards’ prison for the kind assistance to children and staff when entering the prison and the prison management for their helpfulness and understanding some of the issues around that group entry children often despite all the preparation occur (eg. the lack of evidence for child visitors) or complications in bringing different types of toys (including refreshments), which are necessary tools to promote positive perceptions of children from throughout the visit and for the negative experiences of children associated with entry (fear of signaling sounds of metal detectors and the scanners at the entrance, a number of bars and guards at the passage etc.).

CHC representatives attended a joint meeting of representatives of NGOs in Svetla nad Sazavou

On 31 May 2016, the Director of CHC Lucie Rybová attended a joint meeting of representatives of NGOs cooperating with the staff and with the leadership of the prison in Svetla nad Sazavou. The aim of the meeting was to enhance mutual cooperation and discussion on the possibilities of developing cooperation, including new projects.

At the end of the meeting of the prison staff prepared for visitors to the exhibition’s own products and handicrafts sentenced women (eg. Children’s puppets, ceramic vases, embroidered tablecloths and pillows) and also ensured a very nice concert of local female music group. Participants of the meeting received as thanks for the work to date and for working with small ceramic products and also a book published for the 15th year anniversary since the establishment of the prison in Svetla.

On 10. 5. 2016 CHC organized a second-assisted visits of children to meet their mother in the prison Světlá nad Sázavou

This year, for the second time, children that are now placed in orphanages or in foster families had an opportunity to meet with their mothers in prison in Světlá nad Sázavou. Three new mothers and four children participated in the current meeting. In this occasion the CHC staff managed contact of total 14 children from different parts of the Czech Republic in the age 4-16 years.

The assisted visit lasted three hours, during which children with their mothers exchanged a lot of information, for example about their achievements in school. Thanks to sponsorship from individuals the CHC ensured to kids toys, snacks, sweets, and lunch. Mothers devoted attention to the creative abilities of their children and most of them painted to their mothers a picture for a memory. And yet in this second visit, it was possible to observe the positive effect of regular meetings between mothers and their children. Mother´s motivation to see their child leads them to proper behavior and desire to start a new life after their return from the prison. The regular children contact with their mothers is a benefit for their psychological development.

The nannies accompanied the children from the following facilities: Children’s Home Hrotovice, Orphanage Budkov, DD Boskovice, Brno Children’s Home, Orphanage Býchory, whom we thank for their cooperation. At the same time, the consultations took place with three other applicants for mediation visits to children in the next term. Another visit will take place in June. We want to thank all individual donors, sponsors, social workers in children’s facilities and of course the staff form the prison Světlá nad Sázavou.

To ensure this project (financially, or for example by provision of transport for children to the prison), you can find the information here: http://www.helcom.cz/cs/en/podporuji-nas/

Visit for more information about the project here: http://www.helcom.cz/cs/en/co-delame/projektova-cinnost/deti-veznenych-rodicu/

In the days 18 to 20 April 2016 organized by the Czech Helsinki Committee, an 1. educational seminar entitled “Looking for the key to children’s rights”

In the days 18 to 20 April 2016 organized by the Czech Helsinki Committee first educational seminar entitled “Looking for the key to the rights of children” by participating in a two-year international project “Unlocking Children’s Rights”, which CHC involved.

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