Group of Specialists (CJ-S-CH)
Introduction to the Guidelines
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THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE IS LISTENING
The Council of Europe has drafted Guidelines on child-friendly justice intended to enhance children’s access to and treatment in justice. In that process, it has decided to listen directly to children and young people. Around 30 partners throughout Europe have been contributing to this consultation. This consultation was carried out with the generous support of the Government of Finland.
A questionnaire was sent to hundreds of children and young people throughout Europe to find out their views. Over 3700 replies were received. These replies have been taken into account in the drafting of new guidelines on child-friendly justice. The questionnaire is now closed but still available on this website for information.
Many of our partners have not only publicised the questionnaire, but they have also gone out and about to meet the children and young people in their different surroundings. Their aim was to hear what children and young people think about justice in all its forms as well as to encourage those involved in the justice system to work towards its improvement for the benefit of children and young people.
The links published under the heading "Discussion groups" lead to the contributions of the Kurt Bösch University Institute (IUKB), the Ombudsman for Children's Office of Ireland and Defence for Children International (DCI) - Belgium to this project. These give an overview of the type of activities being carried out by certain partners taking part in this project.
These partners reported back to the CJ-S-CH voicing the views of children and making recommendations to update the draft guidelines
Ombudsman for Children's Office, Ireland: