Mar 032020
 
Considering the Best Interests of the Child when Sentencing Parents in Canada: Sample Case Law Review
CFSC (Quakers) Criminal Justice Work

In a new submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, CFSC has shared our concerns about the wellbeing of children when their parents come into conflict with the law.

We explain to the Committee on the Rights of the Child what programs currently exist in Canada, the available data about children of incarcerated parents, and the major gaps in our knowledge due to a lack of quality data.

Our submission makes multiple recommendations and asks questions of Canada.

Considering the Best Interests of the Child when Sentencing Parents in Canada: Sample Case Law Review

Although Canada is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children of incarcerated parents are an almost invisible population in this country. It appears that too often their rights and needs are ignored when their parents come into conflict with the law.

Download the full submission (PDF).

Learn more about the impacts of the criminal justice system on children and youth.