Including the proposed amendments in the Police, Crime, sentencing and Courts Bill isn’t about special treatment for women. It is about fair and just treatment for children, like Alice’s daughter, who desperately need to be more than just an afterthought.
I was invited on to the Radio 4 Today programme to reflect on the issues raised by the terrible death of Baby A. In summary these are the reflections I shared.
This talk was part of a podcast on BBC Radio 4, first broadcast 30th June 2021. For the full podcast version, including an extended Q & A, go to Four Thought, on BBC Sounds
It is one year since prisons in the UK instituted restricted regimes in a bid to manage the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is one year since many of the 300,000 children whose parent is in prison have been able to see their parent. A report, published 15th March 2021, highlights the experiences of more than 70 children and their caregivers during the first lockdown in 2020. Available to download here.
The pandemic has impacted on the rights of children whose parent is in prison. Their right to family life (Article 8, Human Rights Act, 1998)
I keep experiencing cognitive dissonance. It comes from reading government speeches and accounts that say one thing, set against a reality (much of which the