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Being parents in jail: between rights of adults and rights of children

The Ombudsman for children of the Region of Veneto, in his dual role of Ombudsman for children and of Ombudsman for people in detention (regional law of Veneto no. 37/2013), in cooperation with the Ombudsman for people in detention of the City of Venice and with the Association “La Gabbianella e altri animali”, promoted the seminar “Being parents in jail: between rights of adults and rights of children”.

The event, which took place on 16 June 2014 in Venice, from 9.30 am to 05.00 pm at Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, was about the delicate issue of ensuring and maintaining good emotional ties between detained parents and their children.

The topics were presented through the contributions of representatives of public institutions for the protection of human rights of children and adults, of representatives of the competent judicial authority, the Prison Administration, the private sector and legal professions, who deal with these issues in the course of their professionals duties.

The seminar aimed to stimulate reflection among people who are directly or indirectly involved in these sensitive matters (managers, educators, local social services and health workers, directors of the detention structures in the Region of Veneto, prison officials, legal practitioners, associations of the private social sector, administrators, local authorities and politicians), highlighting several best practices, activated in the Region.