See below a range of opportunities to bring about positive sustained changes for children and families affected by imprisonment. This page will be updated as new opportunities arise.


Consultation on Ireland’s draft State report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) (deadline Wednesday 10 November)

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth has prepared the draft combined Fifth and Sixth State Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in close collaboration with relevant Government Departments and it has also consulted with children and young people and civil society stakeholders.

Written submissions on the State Report are invited from interested parties and can be submitted to the Department at the following email address:


Open Consultation: Judicial Planning Working Group (deadline Friday 12 November)

The Judicial Planning Working Group has issued on open call to interested parties for submissions in relation to a number of themes, one of which is “the development of judicial skills”. This is an opportunity to make brief recommendations to bolster the rights of children whose parents are in contact with the justice system. For example, a relevant recommendation made in IPRT’s (endorsed by the ACFP Network) Piecing it Together report is that training be provided to all judges “on the impact of imprisonment of a primary caregiver on children.”

Submissions should be made electronically by email to, by no later than close of business on Friday 12 November 2021.



Children of Prisoners in Europe Annual Conference (Friday 12 November 2021
9:30 – 17:00 CEST)

Time to Act, How to Act?! will look at the role of key actors across different sectors working in partnership to support and enhance the rights and wellbeing of children impacted by parental imprisonment.