The Council of Europe HELP course Child-friendly justice and children’s rights was launched in a joint online seminar gathering 75 judges, prosecutors and court staff from Poland and Portugal. The online session was held on 2 November 2020 and it was organised under the framework of the European Union-Council of Europe joint project “HELP in the EU II.”
The participants got familiarised with the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme of the Council of Europe and the HELP online platform containing 36 online courses on human rights.
The online launches were organised in cooperation with HELP’s national partners, namely the Polish National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution (KSSIP) and the Portuguese Centre for Judicial Studies (CEJ).
The joint online launch was opened by Agnieszka Kluczynska-Cichocka and Diogo Ravara, HELP Focal Points for Poland and Portugal respectively, as well as by Eva Pastrana, Head of the HELP Programme of the Council of Europe, who presented the HELP online course Child-friendly justice and children’s rights.
Stéphanie Burel from the Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe presented the work of the Council of Europe in advancing children’s rights in Europe, focusing on the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Guidelines on Child-friendly Justice.
Ana-Maria Telbis, coordinator of the European Union-Council of Europe project “HELP in the EU II,” presented the HELP Programme and the Council of Europe HELP online platform, as well as the EU funded Project “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 Agnieszka Matysek (Polish group) and Chandra Gracias and Pedro Raposo (Portuguese group). 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 the course will receive HELP certificates issued by the Council of Europe.
The HELP online course 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 online 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 European Programme on Human Rights Educational for Legal Professionals (HELP). 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.