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My Lawyer, My Rights

ENHANCING CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDING IN THE EU

The right to access (free) legal counsel and representation throughout criminal judicial proceedings is essential to enable children to effectively enjoy and exercise their rights. A good defence plays a major role in the measures taken by the judge and the child’s ability to reintegrate and rehabilitate after the criminal justice proceedings. All the way through a proceeding, the child needs to know how and when to contact the lawyer, what to expect, what to do if this service is not satisfactory, etc.

But even though the right to legal representation for child suspects is recognized, it is unevenly applied by States. Measures taken at the national level are insufficient and the access to a lawyer for children remains a challenge in most European countries.

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Children's rights behind bars 2.0

Promoting children's participation for a positive social reintegration of children deprived of liberty

This project is the follow up of two EU funded succesfully implemented projects: “Children’s rights behind bars – CRBB – Improving monitoring mechanisms” that has produced the first Practical Guide on monitoring places where children are deprived of their liberty, based on 14 national research reports and a strong collaboration with the Council of Europe, in particular its Committee on Prevention of Torture (CPT) and other UN bodies (like the SPT) and  "Twelve - Promoting the implementation of Article 12 of the CRC in the juvenile justice system" that has produced a Handbook - “Children’s right to participation and the juvenile justice system - theory & practices for implementation” - based on national reports as well as an European training module aimed at enhancing participation of children in conflict with the law.

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ELFO Project

Active citizenship, guardians, legal representatives and foster care families for children deprived of parental care

On December 1st 2016 the project ELFO "Empowering guardians, Legal representatives and FOster families of children deprived of parental care against violence through child rights" has started. 

The reinforcement of parental care of those actors of civil society who undertake parental functions, like for example guardians foster parents and legal representatives, and who act independently and for the best interest of the child could constitute a key element to prevent violence and abuse of children deprived of parental care. Nevertheless, as reported by FRA Agency of European Union, often these subjects do not receive an appropriate, specialized and constant training in most of the European countries. 

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THEAM

Training healthcare multidisciplinary teams on children’s rights and on child-friendly justice

On November 14th 2015 starts the Project “THEAM – Training healthcare multidisciplinary teams on children’s rights and on child-friendly justice”, co-funded by European Commission Justice/Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.

The project aims at training key professionals involved in the work with vulnerable children and integrating training on children’s rights and child-friendly justice into regular national training and education curricula for professionals.

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Twelve

Promoting the implementation of Article 12 of the CRC in the juvenile justice system

Twelve Ver PurpleIn accordance with the main international and EU standards on children's rights and with the Child Friendly Justice Guidelines (CFJG) of the Council of Europe, children should have access to an adequate treatment in justice.

Listening to children, hearing their views and recommendations, understanding their aspirations and concerns and taking them into account for decision making processes is key for policy and practice to become more appropriate and effective.

It is also a human rights imperative under article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and a prerequisite for achieving compliance with international standards.

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SafeGuard

Safer with a guardian

Schermata 10 2456947 alle 13.10.37The initiative started the 1st September 2014 and will last 24 months. It aims at enhancing the protection of children on the move through the promotion of model for the prompt appointment and qualification of guardians in particularly congested points of arrival both at national and at EU level.

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