The Council of Europe HELP course on child-friendly justice was officially launched on 12 April, in Chisinau by the Council of Europe Office in the Republic of Moldova in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova.
“The distance learning course is innovative and remarkable. In addition to our own members, we have also involved students of the Faculty of Law of the State University of Moldova and continue the cooperation with the National Institute of Magistracy of Romania also launching the course”, affirmed Diana Scobioala, Director of the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova.
The aim of the free online course is to strengthen and harmonise knowledge of the relevant ECHR and other international standards on child-friendly justice for the target group of legal and other professionals working for and with children.
The online training has been adapted to the Moldovan legal order and will be now piloted in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice for a group of 30 judges and prosecutors, 4 representatives of the People’s Advocate Office of the Republic of Moldova, 2 representatives of the Governmental Agent of the Republic of Moldova and 15 students of the Faculty of Law of the State University of Moldova. The course will be carried out over a period of three months during which collaboration with the Romanian Institute of Magistrates will be ensured in order to encourage cross-border cooperation between the national training institutions and legal professionals in the two countries.
The implementation of the HELP course on child-friendly justice in the Republic of Moldova is carried out with support of the Council of Europe project on Protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in the Republic of Moldova.
The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) is the only pan-European Network of national training institutions for judges, prosecutors and lawyers in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. It is an e-learning platform with free on-line courses on human rights and a human rights training methodology for legal professionals.