Aiding children of arrested parents is subject of free webinar June 15

bja logo 1_0Guidance in implementing a policy to safeguard children at the time, and following, parental arrest will be offered at a no-cost, interactive webinar June 15 sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The webinar will be presented from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. Details will be provided upon registration, which is available here.

“Developing a Policy to Protect Children of Arrested Parents” will include panelists who will discuss the planning and implementation process of a police departmental policy to protect children at the time of parental arrest. Resources will be provided to assist law enforcement agencies in developing and implementing relevant policies in their agency.

iacp logoThe arrest of a parent can have a significant impact on a child, whether or not the child is present at the time of the arrest. Depending on age and quality of the relationship with the parent, children may feel shock, immense fear, anxiety, or anger towards the arresting officers or law enforcement in general that may linger for many years and have long term consequences. The IACP and BJA have released a report and model policy on the subject in order to aid agencies in dealing with this critical need.

Topics that will be addressed at the webinar include:

  • The impact of parental arrest on children
  • The benefits of and strategies for developing an agency policy to safeguard children of arrested parents
  • Potential challenges in implementing a policy and recommendations to overcome them
  • Key items and practical steps you should know before developing and implementing a policy in your agency

The panelists will be:

  • Greg Suhr, Chief of Police, San Francisco Police Department
  • Samara Marion, Policy Attorney, City of San Francisco Office of Citizen’s Complaints
  • Nell Bernstein, Former Coordinator and Founding Member of San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • Cheyenne McKenzie, 17-year old Peer Mentor, Project WHAT!
  • Moesha Wise, 18-year old Alumna, Project WHAT!

Register now and learn more about this free webi

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