Children Heard and Seen

Giving Evidence at the Human Rights Select Committee 2020

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: