‘Not my crime, still my sentence’ campaign launch

Date: 11th June 2020
Category: Children of prisoners


Children of Prisoners Europe launches its annual ‘Not my crime, still my sentence’ advocacy campaign to support efforts to safeguard the rights of children who have a parent in prison.

This year’s campaign follows on from the publication of It’s Time to Act, a child-friendly version of Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)5 concerning children with imprisoned parents.

The 2020 campaign has two goals:

  1. Provide children an opportunity to engage with the Recommendation in a meaningful way.
  2. Motivate key stakeholders and decision-makers to commit to positive steps on behalf of children affected by parental imprisonment.

To achieve these aims, Children of Prisoners Europe and its members across the globe will hold workshops with young people and children affected by parental imprisonment to discuss their rights and expressing themselves using art supplies. Young people will be asked to draw their interpretation of one of the articles put forth in the Council of Europe Recommendation, and to explain why they chose that particular article, what it means to them and why it is important. In doing so, Children of Prisoners Europe hope to draw attention to the rights and needs of children separated from a parent in prison.

  • Read more about the ‘Not my crime, still my sentence’ campaign here