Over the last twelve months, children and families impacted by parental imprisonment have faced unprecedented challenges flowing from a lack of meaningful contact with their imprisoned parent. Families have reported that this has manifested in a deterioration of children’s mental health that has severe knock on effects on education, eating, sleeping, emotions and behaviour. The disruptions in family contact as a result of imprisonment raises serious questions with regard to Article 8 and the Right to Family Life. This month, our director, Sarah Burrows, attended the Human Rights Select Committee to give evidence on the subject: “The Government’s response to covid-19: human rights implications of long lockdown”.
You can watch the full Committee meeting and Sarah’s involvement here: