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2010 improving social inclusion for young people at risk - EY2010

Paths of integration for children in conflict with the law

Our interest for
"The European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion"

By recognizing everyone's right to live in dignity, the European Parliament and the Member States of European Union (EU) have declared 2010 as "The European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion". During this year the European Union reaffirms its commitment to combat poverty and social exclusion. It promotes a social model that contributes to the welfare of individuals, their participation in society and the economic development of Europe.

In this period of economic and social instability, the European Union and the Member States are called upon to strengthen their assistance and support for vulnerable groups that compose it, such as the disabled, immigrants, ethnic minorities, homeless, former prisoners, drug addicts, alcoholics, people living alone and children, etc. The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) wishes, in the context of the year, to put particular emphasis on the situation of children in conflict with the law and the need to ensure their social and professional reintegration.

Our goal
Bring the issue of integration of young offenders to the centre of European debate

Indeed, the IJJO wishes to hear the voice of children at risk of social exclusion and improve the effectiveness of juvenile justice systems in relation to social and professional reintegration and through this campaign underlines the importance of supporting, improving and evaluating programs and rehabilitation measures for children in conflict with the law. This action of IJJO takes part within the context of the mission that the EU has set to make society more durable, responsible and capable of help young people, victims of the shortage of the society within which they grow. Therefore, the IJJO has decided to echo the policies and actions developed for children, adolescents, and young people in contact with the judicial system, considering their reintegration as a source of change and relapse prevention.

Social and professional integration is defined as action which allows the evolution of an isolated or marginal individual towards a satisfactory situation characterized by changes in their environment; the IJJO wants to highlight the difficulties faced by children when former offenders integrate successful in school systems, in the workplace and more generally in society. It is necessary to combat the stereotypes about young offenders and break the link that leads them to marginalization and exclusion.

Our action
Develop practical recommendations to improve the path of integration of juvenile offenders

The aim of the activities of the IJJO in the context of the European Year is to develop minimum standards and recommendations through the work of a committee of experts in the field of reintegration of children at risk. Their purpose is to help reduce the risk of marginalization, recidivism, maladjustment, exclusion and on the other hand, they aim to increase accessibility to professional life, through education and training, tailored and customized. These recommendations may serve as inspiration for the various European institutions, public authorities, NGOs as well as for all professionals working with children at risk in order to work together to ensure a future to children and allow them to move freely.

Our activities
Participate with the social actors to the success of this year

To this end, the IJJO group is part of the coalition group of European social NGOs, which aims to carry out joint projects, and achieve a consensus among civil society actors on development and the objectives of the European Year. In addition, the active IJJO participates in other areas by carrying out activities on the theme of social and professional integration of juveniles in conflict with the law. This work has increased understanding of the European and national policies in this area, and revealed structural and functional weaknesses. It is important to develop the social structure, the responses of civil society and the collaboration of juvenile justice systems, with the main objective of reintegrating children in conflict with the law.

  • International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO). Belgian Public Utility Foundation

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  • Head Office: Rue Armand Campenhout, nº 72 bte 10. 1050. Brussels. Belgium

    Phone: 00 32 262 988 90. Fax: 00 32 262 988 99. oijj@oijj.org

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