In 2015 an international coalition of researchers released a set of Guidelines (PDF) that will set national standards for the treatment of incarcerated women who are pregnant or in custody with children.
CFSC welcomes and endorses the Guidelines for the Implementation of Mother-Child Units in Canadian Correctional Facilities, which come on the heels of a BC Supreme Court ruling that ordered the reinstatement of a cancelled mother-baby program at a women’s prison.
The Guidelines were drafted by the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education (CCPHE). CFSC, with support from human rights experts at the Quaker UN Office – Geneva, was a member of the working group that developed the 15 recommendations.
“We call on provincial ministries of children and family development, health and justice, regional health and social service authorities, non-governmental organisations, and community groups to begin implementing the guidelines nationally in their work,” said Dr Amy Salmon, a member of the CCPHE planning committee.
CFSC clerk Lana Robinson said, “CFSC welcomes these guidelines as a timely, supportive and necessary framework for organizations and service providers to help meet the challenges of providing appropriate assistance for incarcerated mothers and their babies.”
Canadian Friends Service Committee is the national peace and service agency of Quakers in Canada. CFSC works for immediate and long-term changes towards a peaceful, sustainable world community.
Find out more about our work to support the children of incarcerated parents.