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Making justice for and with children in Europe: the goal of a new EU-Council of Europe joint project

The new European Union-Council of Europe joint project on Child-friendly Justice has been launched in Strasbourg. Co-funded by the EU and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe's Children's Rights Division in close co-operation with Belgium, Poland and Slovenia as focus countries, and Greece, Hungary and Portugal as partner countries, the project will run until the end of March 2026.

Children in contact with the law – as offenders, victims, witnesses, or parties in judicial and non-judicial proceedings – often face an intimidating and potentially harmful adult world, and a number of challenges due to their status as children. The project stems from the shared commitment of the European Union and Council of Europe to address these gaps and make justice systems child-friendly in Europe. In line with the Council of Europe Strategy’s for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027), and the European Union’s Strategy on the Rights of the Child the project aims at implementing the Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on Child-friendly Justice.

The main project objective is to improve the protection of the rights of children in contact with the law. The Council of Europe’s Child-friendly Justice Assessment Tool will be finalised and rolled out in Belgium, Poland, and Slovenia - the three selected project focus countries. This tool will assess their legal and policy frameworks against European standards and provide concrete recommendations for improvement. Then, legal and non-legal professionals working for and with children in contact with the law will receive targeted training through the Council of Europe’s HELP programme on child-friendly justice, ensuring they have the necessary skills and knowledge to apply child-friendly procedures effectively.

Besides, children in contact with the law and their guardians, especially those facing vulnerabilities, will be empowered through awareness-raising activities about their rights before, during and after judicial or non-judicial proceedings. The three project partner countries – Greece, Hungary and Portugal - will contribute their unique perspectives and insights to the project Steering Committee, enriching the overall approach and ensuring its effectiveness across diverse European contexts.

 More information

 Programme of the launching conference

 Programme of the project's first Steering Committee meeting

Council of Europe strasbourg 19 March 2024
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