Child-Friendly Justice in Europe – Participation and Restorative Justice - 12 May 2020

@CoE - Gaby Herbstein
Every year, thousands of children across Council of Europe member states are involved in judicial proceedings. Whether a victim of crime or in conflict with the law, they are often vulnerable and in need of protection: in other words, they need justice systems to be “child-friendly”.

To explore child-friendly justice, the Georgian Presidency of the Council of Europe prioritised the organisation of a High-Level Roundtable (23 March 2020), with a focus on fostering child participation and restorative justice. In light of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, this event was not able to go ahead. However, to raise awareness of this important topic, and support exchange of knowledge, the Council of Europe has developed this dedicated webpage, which pools the High Level Speakers' Statements and relevant key resources.

The Roundtable aimed to promote key principles, as laid out in instruments like the Child-Friendly Justice Guidelines and Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)8 on restorative justice in criminal matters, as well as recent case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. It also aimed to provide a platform for pan-European exchange of knowledge, practice and challenges in the field.

@CoE - Photo by Gaby Herbstein

Statements and Conclusions