HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland to address SASO Edinburgh Branch seminar
David Strang, HMP Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland to address the SASO Edinburgh Branch on Tuesday 1 October 2013. His presentation entitled "From Policing to Prisons" will be the first in a series of seminars organised by the Edinburgh Branch over the coming months. For full details and to download a copy of all upcoming Edinburgh events visit the Edinburgh branch page here.
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Doing Children Justice: The Impact of Imprisonment on Dependent Children
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Strathclyde Centre for Law, Crime and Justice
Glasgow City Centre
Albie Sachs, Supreme Court Justice and award winning writer will lead a high profile panel discussion with the audience about the impact of imprisonment on dependent children.
When a parent is imprisoned, what is the impact on the child?
As a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UK is committed to taking the best interest of children into account as a ‘primary consideration’ for any decision that affects them. But what exactly does and should ‘primary consideration’ mean? How can and should parental imprisonment be managed so as to minimise the impact on the child? And how should the impact on a child be assessed and weigh in the balance in the remand and sentencing decision-making process?
Led by Justice Albie Sachs, South African Constitutional Court, the panel will stimulate audience discussion.
It will ask whether Scotland’s criminal justice system recognises and addresses its impact on the children and families of defendants and offenders.
In the landmark S v M case, Justice Sachs ruled that all judges must take the likely impact on children into account when a parent faces imprisonment. Should this be done in Scotland? If so, how? And what would it mean for the use of custody if the parent-child relationship is assessed as being weak or even harmful?
Justice Albie Sachs, Constitutional Court of South Africa, and one of the chief architects of the widely admired new South African constitution. Justice Sachs is also an internationally acclaimed writer and inspirational speaker.
Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People
Sarah Roberts, Child & Family Support Manager, Families Outside
Kate Philbrick, Toybox and European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents
All welcome, but booking is essential. Please register without delay.
SASO members and supporters will be saddened to learn of the death of Alexandra Kirkpatrick, a stalwart supporter of SASD and SASO and former Honorary Secretary. Alexandra is remembered fondly and with grateful thanks for her invaluable support to the organisation over many years and for her energy and enthusiasm, particularly in organising the Peebles Conferences. A service of Thanksgiving will take place at "The Lyle Kirk", Finnart St Paul's, Newark Street, Greenock on Monday 10th June 2013 at 12.15pm and thereafter to Greenock Crematorium, arriving at 1.00 pm. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers to Ardgowan Hospice.