Parental Imprisonment and Children’s Rights

Ais I in g Parkes and Fiona Dons on‘I just used to say “I haven’t got a mum” because that was the best thing for me to say’ConclusionLiving with the pains of confinement The experiences of children with parents in prison in Northern IrelandThe pains of imprisonment: the impact on children and familiesDeprivations experienced by family membersThe impact of parental imprisonment on childrenThe rights of children with incarcerated parentsImprisonment in Northern IrelandThe research projectChildren’s experiences of familial imprisonment in Northern Ireland: the research findingsDiscussionConclusionNotesMaking children visible Children’s rights and their role in parent-child contact within the prison systemChildren’s rights: competing understandingsChildren’s rights in the context of prison visitsChildren’s rights and the reality of child-imprisoned parent contactThe lost or invisible childPaternalismThe family/carerTokenism and inconsistent practiceChildren as rehabilitative interventionsRecommendations for actionA right to be protected in visiting prisonEquality of treatment in prison visitsA right to privacy’ in the context of visitsEvaluating progressNotesChildren first Putting the rights of children visiting prisons at the heart of policy and practiceConclusionNotesStarting life in prison Reflections on the English and Irish contexts regarding pregnancy, birth, babies and new mothers in prison, through a children’s rights lensPregnancy, birth and babies in prisonThe Irish and English experience of pregnancy in prisonDiscussionNotesFraming and children’s rights in Europe Exploring policy processes for children with an incarcerated parentFraming processes and policies for children with imprisoned parents in Ireland5Problematising children with imprisoned parents in IrelandStrategic framingDevelopment and evolution of the issue: the role offraming integrationDiscussionOpening onto the future: replicability within other contextsNotesPrisons, families and human rights From prisoners’ rights to the rights of prisoners’ childrenHuman rights and prisoner rightsChildren’s rightsThe fundamental human l ights of children with an incarcerated parentThe best interests of the childThe right to have regular contact with parentsChildren who live with their parents in prisonWhen contact is not in the child’s best interestsThe right to be heardRecent developments: are the rights of children with imprisoned parents strengthened?From prisoners’ rights to the rights of prisoners’ childrenNotesRe-imagining the Paramountcy PrincipleSentencing mothers The rights of the childDependent childrenThe human rights framework: the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 (UNCRC)A landmark case: South African Constitutional CourtThe UNCRC in the UK Supreme CourtThe European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and Fundamental Freedoms 1950A leading case in the Court of Appeal of England and WalesResearch on sentencing practice in England and WalesThe rights of the child restatedProposals for changeNew developmentsConclusionEvery child matters? Global perspectives on incarcerated mothers and their childrenIncarcerated mothers and their children: a global issueThe international context of prison motheringMothering ‘from ’ inside the prisonMothering within the prisonChild-centred approaches and children’s rights in a global contextInternational standardsPutting children first?Conclusions
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