A preparatory workshop for the adaptation of the Council of Europe HELP course on child-friendly justice into Georgian legal order is taking place today in Tbilisi.
Organised in collaboration with the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia and the Georgian Bar Association, the workshop takes the first step towards launching the HELP course on child-friendly justice in Georgia and further strengthen the capacities of Georgian legal professionals on child-friendly justice through targeted on-line training.
The aim of the workshop is to build on the existing training resources and developments in the area of juvenile justice in the country. Focus and content of the Georgian version of the course will be jointly defined by the participants, consisting of representatives of the national training institutions, prosecutors, judges, lawyers, international and national experts as well as key international organisations, such as UNICEF. The Georgian platform and final version of the HELP course on child-friendly justice will be launched in September 2018 with first on-line training carried out by the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia and the Georgian Bar Association by the end of the year.
The workshop is organised as part of the Council of Europe project “Responding to child sexual exploitation and abuse in Georgia, phase I” implemented in the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia (2016-2019). The project aims to strengthen the capacity of authorities and professionals to prevent and protect children from sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and other forms of violence and to promote child-friendly practices in Georgia.