This event took place on 16th July 2015 at 9:30am (08:30 GMT)
Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
09:30 Keynote Adele Jones
Nearly one million children in Europe have a parent in prison. The children of prisoners are one of the largest vulnerable groups of children in Europe.
These children frequently experience trauma stemming from a violent separation from their parent, prejudices associated with having imprisoned parents, and violations of their rights. They carry the stigma of their parents’ deeds. And some of them are exposed to social exclusion. They are invisible in terms of policy at the government level, in any country: when people are imprisoned, in very few countries, are questions asked about who is caring for the children. Or about how hard they are impacted by the parental imprisonment.
But they have basic needs and challenges, independent of culture or nation, or social or economic heritage. We need to safeguard the social, political and judicial inclusion of children with an imprisoned parent, while fostering the pursuit and exchange of knowledge which enhances good practices and contributes to a better understanding of their psychological, emotional and social development.
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