CRC concluding observations 2023, paragraph 39

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: (a) Ensure that the best interests of the child are the priority in any decisions about care, including in sentencing caregivers; (b) Ensure that children with a parent in prison have the support, services, information and financial help they need to maintain a relationship with their parent.

Original UN recommendation

The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Ensure that the best interests of the child are the primary consideration in all decisions taken, including when sentencing caregivers, and that alternatives to incarceration are considered; (b) Ensure that children of incarcerated parents can maintain personal relations with their parents and have access to adequate services, accessible information and appropriate support, including by a social worker and financial support for visits and remote contact.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

5, 9–11, 18 (1) and (2), 20, 21, 25, 27 (4)

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