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Parental imprisonment Debate, 26/02/15 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 26 February 2015 on Parental Imprisonment. The debate was opened by Mary Fee (Lab).

The motion was debated without any question being put:

That the Parliament notes the publication of a new report by NSPCC and Barnardo’s, An Unfair Sentence: All Babies Count: a Spotlight on Babies in the Criminal Justice System; understands that between 3,400 and 4,600 children under the age of two are affected by parental imprisonment in Scotland each year, including many in Glasgow; considers that there has been little focus on how best to meet the social, psychological and emotional needs of infants when their mothers or fathers are in prison; understands that the impact of imprisonment on families makes meeting babies’ needs especially challenging; believes that, by understanding these impacts, support can be provided for parents, carers and babies at this critical time in a child’s development, and notes the view that, to make a difference there is a need for a national action plan for babies affected by the criminal justice system and careful integration between health, early years and criminal justice agencies.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 26 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 26 February 2015