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Pan-European conference marks the end of the COPING research project

Coping with a Parent in Prison: An Agenda for Policy Reform 6 November 2012 – Brussels

The COPING consortium partners held a pan-European conference entitled Coping with a Parent in Prison: An Agenda for Policy Reform at the Musee du Cinquantenaire, Royal Museum of History and Arts in Brussels.

The event marked the end of the 3-year COPING research project.  Read more about the final conference.

Photographic record of the Brussels Consortium meetings and Conference

Photographic record of the Brussels Consortium meetings and Conference [PDF format]

Should schools know if a child has a parent in prison?

An innovative day-long ‘Schools Information Sharing Day: Children of Prisoners’ was hailed a great success when held at the University recently.

Fourteen year old Siân is pictured with Huddersfield lecturer Ben Raikes

The event held as part of the COPING Project and led by Professor Adele Jones, Director of the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies, saw professionals come together to discuss the needs of children who have a parent in prison. Read more…

Schools Information Sharing Day

PDF Icon Children of Prisoners Flyer
Friday 27th April 9:15am - 5:30pm

Photographic record of the September Consortium meeting in Stockholm
Langholmen Conference Centre Stockholm 2011

The September 2011 Consortium meeting took place in Sweden, in an unusual (and somewhat apt) location. Once the Central Prison on the island of Langholmen in Stockholm Read more …

Two young people on behalf of the COPING Project speak at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Young people at United Nations, Geneva. September 2011

In recognition of a dedicated UN event designed to generate awareness of the issues affecting the children of imprisoned parents, Chancellor and COPING Patron, Sir Patrick Stewart recorded an address for the UN Day of Discussion on Children of Imprisoned Parents, recently held in Geneva, Switzerland at the headquarters of the United Nations. Read more …

Photographic record of the Consortium Meeting, Paris, 15-17 March 2011

PDF IconPhotographic record of the Consortium Meeting, Paris, 15-17 March 2011 PDF

Software training for researchers as project moves to next stage

Software training for researchers as project moves to next stage article

Over 160,000 UK children will lose a parent this year … to prison!

Representatives from the Ministry of Justice with Professor Alex Hirschfield (centre)

October 2010 saw the UK prison population hit the record high of 85,495 prisoners. This ever increasing figure means that this year alone, according to estimates, over 160,000 UK children will endure the traumatic experience of seeing their parent or carer go to prison. Currently, there is limited data surrounding the effects on children with parents in prison. Read more …

COPING's Second pan-European Consortium meeting held in Iasi, Romania
Cuza Uni

September saw the Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Romania's top university and a member of COPING, host the second consortium meeting on children with imprisoned parents. Read more …

Treffpunkt launch new poster and information card

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Research Festival Opening

Photo of Adele Jones at the research festival

Professor Adele Jones (University of Huddersfield) seen discussing the COPING Project with Professor John Wood, Chair of the European Research Area Board, who opened the University's Annual Research Festival on 8 March 2010.

"Parents in Prison" project welcomes international advisers

Photo of Adele Jones at the research festival

A team of leading international experts has met at the University to take forward the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies' major research project into the experiences of children across Europe whose parents are in prison. Read more …

Launch Meeting

Group Photo

The COPING project was launched formally on 20-21 January 2010, at the University of Huddersfield. Within this pan-European consortium, organisations that have unique expertise in working on behalf of children and families and the highest standards of research and practice, have been brought together. It is hoped that the new relationships forged will result in long-lasting alliances towards improved services for children whose parents are imprisoned.

Coping Introductory Video
Interview Video 1
Interview Video 2
Interview Video 3