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 stimulated audience discussion. The question is asked whether Scotland’s criminal justice system recognises and addresses its impact on the children and families of defendants and offenders.
The section included here is our very own Sarah Roberts talking about her experience of working with children affected by imprisonment.
The full lecture can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwwjcPoSrFI