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School of Law Hosting Conference Aimed at Highlighting The Need to Develop a National and Cross-Sectoral Approach to Supporting Children With a Parent in Prison

  • 23 Aug 2017

 

 

 

Event Context

Children with a parent in prison are part of a largely ignored group within Irish policy and practice. Indeed, in the limited situations where these children are considered, it is primarily within the criminal justice sector, with prison visits being a focus for intervention. However, interventions across all key sectors including education, child protection, health, housing and social protection are needed.

This event is aimed at raising awareness of the need to develop a national and cross-sectoral approach to supporting children with a parent in prison. Session 1 will consider examples of European good practice and important policy developments which will bear an impact on Irish law and policy. These will be considered alongside current developments at national level. Session 2 will provide an overview of the policy and practice prerequisites required for an effective response to the needs to this group of children in Ireland. A team comprising the Children’s Rights Alliance, Irish Penal Reform Trust and legal academics from the School of Law, UCC, will present key principles to inform the development of national policy on this important issue.

 Speakers

  • Ilina Taneva, Council of Europe, Secretary to the Council for Penological Co-operation
  • Tim Haines, Family Support Manager, Families Outside, Scotland
  • Larry de Cleir, Project Leader, Bedford Row

Panel Discussion including

  • Mr Fergal Black, Director of Care and Rehabilitation, Irish Prison Service
  • Fergal Landy, Regional Implementation Manager for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support, West, TUSLA

 

  • 15-9.45

Registration

  • 45-10.00

Opening – Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance

  • 00-11.30

Learning from Europe

Chair – Karen McAuley, Head of Policy, Ombudsman for Children’s Office, Ireland

  • Ilina Taneva, Council of Europe, Secretary to the Council for Penological Co-operation
  • Tim Haines, Family Support Manager, Families Outside, Scotland
  • Larry de Cleir, Project Leader, Bedford Row

Panel Discussion including

  • Mr Fergal Black, Director of Care and Rehabilitation, Irish Prison Service
  • Fergal Landy, Regional Implementation Manager for Prevention, Partnership and Family Support, West, TUSLA
  • Education - tbc
  • 30

Coffee

  • 45 – 12.45

Principles for a national response

Chair – Holly Farrell, Member of Picture Your Rights Project Team

  • Children’s Rights Alliance
  • Irish Penal Reform Trust
  • Dr Fiona Donson & Dr Aisling Parkes – School of Law, UCC
  • 45 – 13.00

Close

  • 00 – 14.00

Lunch will be provided following the close of the event.

Who should attend?

Policy makers and those working in the following sectors:

  • Child Services
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social welfare
  1. 5 CPD points will be available.

Registration details

Registration for the event is available here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/unseen-unheard-advancing-the-rights-needs-of-children-with-a-parent-in-prison-tickets-37091182726

Please let the organisers know if you have any access requirements including sign language interpretation. Please indicate if you have dietary requirements.

For further details please contact Dr Fiona Donson: f.donson@ucc.ie  or Dr Aisling Parkes: A.Parkes@ucc.ie

 

This event is jointly organized by UCC School of Law, The Children’s Rights Alliance and the Irish Penal Reform Trust and funded by the Irish Research Council.

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