Children and Families
We are a network focused on children and families affected by imprisonment. Our members include community-based organisations, researchers, and advocacy groups. We aim to map current knowledge and supports, and disseminate best practices and actions for change.
The estimated number of children with a parent in prison on any given day in Ireland
The estimated number of children who experience parental imprisonment each year in Ireland
Network meeting with the Irish Prison Service
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.
Fourth meeting of Action for Children and Families of Prisoners
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.
IPRT launches ‘Piecing it Together’
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.
Third meeting of Action for Children and Families of Prisoners
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.
Second meeting of Action for Children and Families of Prisoners
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.
First meeting of Action for Children and Families of Prisoners
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.