Child-friendly justice

  Group of Specialists (CJ-S-CH)
 Youth Consultation

 Introduction to the Guidelines
  Text of the Guidelines
 Related texts and documents


  Databases, Materials and Links






The Action Plan adopted at the Warsaw Summit of the Council of Europe (2005) launched the transversal Programme “Building Europe for and with children”. This programme has been providing steady guidelines to how standards for children can be improved. Activities of the Directorate of standard-setting are carried out in close co-operation with this Programme.

 The 28th Conference of European Ministers of Justice, which took place in Lanzarote in October 2007, paved a constructive way forward with the adoption by the Ministers of Justice of Resolution No 2 on child-friendly justice. Further to this Resolution, the Committee of Ministers entrusted the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) as well as the European Commission for the efficiency of justice (CEPEJ) in co-operation with other competent bodies of the Council of Europe, with the task of preparing European Guidelines on child-friendly justice.


 Listen to podcast - Professor Ursula Kilkelly (University College Cork) expert on children in detention.

  Interview with Dr Silvia Casale, Independent Consultant and former President of CPT, United Kingdom

  Interview with Mr Cédric Foussard, Director of International Affairs, International Juvenile Justice Observatory (OIJJ) (in French)

 Interview with Josiane Bigot, Judge and one of France's experts on child friendly justice.

  Interview with Bragi Gudbrandsson, General Director, Government Agency for Child protection, Iceland

 Council of Europe Reportage on Child-friendly Justice

   Video Message by Ms Regina Jensdottir, Head of the Children's Rights Division, Council of Europe, addressing the participants of the Kampala Conference entitled "Deprivation of Children's Liberty as the Last Resort"

 Link to Podcast on child-friendly justice by Jan Kleijssen, Director of Standard-setting at the Council of Europe