Throughout 2017, COPE worked closely with the Council of Europe’s Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP) to draft a Recommendation and Explanatory Memorandum on children with imprisoned parents. We are very pleased to announce that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted this Recommendation (4th of April 2018) and issued it to its 47 Member States today! Please read the press release below, and find links to the Recommendation and Explanatory Memorandum.
Explanatory Memorandum: https://search.coe.int/cm/Pages/result_details.aspx?ObjectId=090000168078b181
This is a real milestone for the network and for the children COPE supports across Europe. A huge thanks is owed to the two COPE experts who worked on this with the PC-CP: Kate Philbrick (Board member) and Ria Wolleswinkel (individual member), as well as Liz Ayre (COPE director) and Aisling Parkes (individual member) who also brought their expertise to meetings in Paris and Strasbourg. A special thanks to Attila Juhasz (individual COPE member and Vice-Chair of the PC-CP), who was one of the initiators of the Recommendation and really pushed for it to become a reality.