Children need carefully supported and good contacts with their parents. Digital contact should be used to enhance face to face contacts; it should not be the pinnacle of contact, experienced by only a tiny proportion of children during this time. Particular thought should be given to the ways to re-introduce face to face contact for younger and disabled children who cannot engage with telephone or digital contact effectively
Covid-19 & the impacts on children whose parents are in prison. Update 24th April
What has happened with prisoner release and covid-19 infection in prisons this week? Experts and the Government’s own pandemic plan mentioned here confirm that there is
Joint Committee on Human Rights questions to Robert Buckland during Covid-19
This is a very short blog reflecting on the questions asked on Monday 20th April, by the Joint Committee on Human Rights, about the Lord
Why are the government delaying prisoner release?
Many people in our prisons do not need to be punished by imprisonment. Their crimes are neither so serious nor so dangerous that prison is the only possible punishment. 1 in 10 people in prison hasn’t been convicted of any crime & is on remand. By continuing to hold these people in prison during the pandemic the government risks their lives and the wellbeing of their families on the outside.
Safeguarding Children when Sentencing Parents : Information for sentencing courts
Up to date guidance on the sentencing of sole or primary carers.
Call for pregnant women and mothers and babies to be released from prison
Over 600 pregnant women are in prison in England and Wales each year. We know that pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to Covid 19 They