The Council of Europe HELP course on Child-friendly Justice and Children’s Rights was launched in an online seminar gathering over 30 lawyers from Poland. The online session was held on 3 December 2020.
The participants got familiarised with the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme of the Council of Europe (CoE) and its online platform containing 36 online courses.
The online launch was organised in cooperation with the Polish Bar Council and the Bar Council of Attorneys at Law.
The online launch was opened by Anna Mazurczak and Miroslaw Wroblewski, HELP Info Points for Poland.
Marek Michalak, former Ombudsman for Children’s Rights, gave an overview of the situation of children’s rights, focusing on the main challenges in practice.
Zaruhi Gasparyan from the Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe presented the work of the CoE in advancing children’s rights in Europe, focusing on the Committee of Ministers of the CoE Guidelines on Child-friendly Justice.
Ana-Maria Telbis, coordinator of the EU-CoE ‘HELP in the EU II’ project, presented the HELP online course on Child-friendly Justice and Children’s Rights, the HELP Programme and the Council of Europe HELP e-learning platform, as well as the EU funded Project ‘EU-CoE HELP in the EU II’.
Participants met the national tutors who will accompany them in the implementation of the course for the following three months, namely Monika Horna-Cieslak and Anna Mazurczak. They explained to the participants how the course will be implemented, they presented the materials prepared for the national adaptation of the course and also pinpointed some practical challenges in the national context concerning children’s rights and child-friendly issues. The participants also had the possibility to share their expectations from the course and exchange online with their colleagues.
Following the online launch event, all participants will be enrolled on their course pages and will go through the online course. Those among them who successfully complete it will receive HELP certificates issued by the Council of Europe.
The HELP online course on Child-friendly Justice and Children’s Rights is also available to any legal professional interested in the topic, in the self-learning part of the HELP e-learning platform, in English, as well as in Albanian, Georgian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. It will soon be made available in Polish and Portuguese.
The free online course was developed in 2017 as a joint initiative between the Council of Europe Children's Rights Division and the HELP Programme. It is primarily addressed to legal professionals (civil and criminal judges, lawyers, prosecutors) and children’s rights experts, but can also be proposed to staff of Ombudspersons’ offices and NGOs.