About the Network
Action for Children and Families of Prisoners is a network focused on acting as a unified voice to bring about positive sustained change for children and families affected by imprisonment in Ireland.
Action for Children and Families of Prisoners aims to:
Provide a unified voice advocating for policy change for children and families affected by imprisonment
Map and share current knowledge and disseminate best practice relevant to this area
Support the development of academic research on this issue in order to inform evidence-based policy-making
Help identify gaps and support key actions for change for children and families affected by imprisonment
The network does not have any direct role in providing supports to children and families affected by imprisonment.
The network comprises: persons with experience of familial imprisonment, community-based organisations, researchers, academics and advocacy groups with a strong interest in advancing the rights and needs of children and families impacted by imprisonment.
The network includes membership of organisations who are in receipt of State funding. However, as the core objective is to advocate for policy change, State agencies are excluded from representation on the network. Read more about our members here.
Members of the network have a strong commitment to progressing positive policy change for children and families affected by imprisonment, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
Demonstrated expertise working with children and families impacted by imprisonment
Demonstrated knowledge/expertise on the rights of children and families
Engaged in or actively planning research in this area
Supported by the Katharine Howard Foundation
and St Stephen’s Green Trust.
Additional support for the research-focused work of our Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (UCC) partners comes from the Irish Research Council New Foundations grant scheme.