The Network made a submission to the consultation on the review of the Prison Rules 2007 (‘the Rules’), with a specific focus on sections of the Rules that relate to the priority work areas of the Network.
The network met with representatives of the Irish Prison Service, including Fergal Black (Director of Care and Rehabilitation), to discuss priorities for children and families of prisoners in Ireland.
The Action for Children and Families Network joined together for the first meeting of the network for the 2021/2022 period. The primary focus of the meeting was to generate ideas on how to action the various recommendations of IPRT’s recently launched report.
Piecing It Together: Supporting Children and Families with a Family Member in Prison in Ireland assesses progress on a series of recommendations made by IPRT in “Picking up the Pieces” in 2012.
The key focus of the third network meeting was to inform the updating of the “Picking up the Pieces” report. Three network members presented their research to inform the updated report.
Governor Peter O’Brien of Cork Prison addressed the Network on ‘Christmas, Families, Covid-19 & Prison Visits’. Membership had an opportunity to engage on the prevailing situation.
We were delighted to welcome Rachel Brett (Vice President, Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE)) as a guest speaker for the first meeting of the network.
IPRT is excited to announce a new three-year project aiming to reduce harm for children and families affected by imprisonment, with an additional focus on reducing female imprisonment.