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Children of prisoners : passive victims or humans with rights?

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Burton, PG (2013) Children of prisoners : passive victims or humans with rights? Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Over the past few decades, the phenomenon of children of prisoners has produced a small
but growing body of literature, much of which focuses on the lack of affirmative action by
governments in Western countries (including Australia) to support the children. There are a
number of key areas where appropriate levels of intervention are deficient — resulting in
there being no clear lines of accountability and specific state agencies have not been
identified and given a mandate to respond to the needs of this very vulnerable population.
They are consistently 'falling through the cracks'. This study asks whether the rights of the
children are being met as assessed in relation to relevant articles of the United Nations
Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Historically these children have been overlooked, especially by the criminal justice system,
resulting in them being labelled as an invisible population, forgotten victims of crime, and
collateral damage of the legal system — presenting a picture of the children as marginalised
and socially excluded.
This thesis describes the phenomenon of 'children of prisoners' by looking at their own
(and their parent's) circumstances before, during and after the state's intervention resulting
in the parent's imprisonment. It argues that children of prisoners should be recognised as a
unique group with complex needs. It also acknowledges that the children and their families
are often a difficult group to work with. It looks at common themes which emerge across
jurisdictions, especially the impacts on the children, as various stakeholders respond (or fail
to respond) to their needs. It also examines international and domestic human rights
instruments, conventions, declarations, petitions and proposals concerning the rights of the
children. Finally, it lists key findings and the difficulties of global ideals regarding the
children finding their way into state legislation and policy to augment the human rights of
the children of prisoners.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989 November 20), Children of prisoners, Children's rights, Human rights
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MCrimComm)--University of Tasmania, 2013. Includes bibliographical references. Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. the prisoners and their children -- Ch. 3. Complex issues faced by children of prisoners -- Ch. 4. Human rights -- Ch. 5. Conclusion

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:59
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 23:28
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