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2010 improving social inclusion for young people at risk - EY2010

IJJO Activities

Because of its action aimed at improving juvenile justice and the situation of minors in conflict with the law, the IJJO developed numerous activities in the context of the European Year for Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion. The IJJO also participated in numerous conferences related to the themes of social and professional integration of young people in conflict with the law.

"Strengthening European cooperation in education and training in prisons", Milan, 28-29 January 2010

Last January, within the European network 'Ex Offenders community of practice (ExOCoP)', in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour in Italy and the Institute for the Development of Vocational Training for workers (ISFOL), the IJJO participated with nine other European entities including the European Association for Education in Prison (EPEA) and the European Monitoring of Juvenile Justice (OEJJ) in a work session conference focused on integration and social inclusion of young offenders.
Trends and current developments at European level of integration policies and social inclusion of young offenders were presented by the IJJO, during this session, framed in the context of developing common strategies for the successful future reintegration of young offenders.

The final report of the conference: "Education and Training for Young Offenders in Their view of social and work inclusion", January 28th - 29th 2010, Milan

"Pathways to Inclusion - Strengthening European Cooperation in Education and Training in Prison;n", Budapest, February 22nd-24th 2010

The European Commission organized a conference in Budapest at which, for the first time, professionals and experts in education, prison officials, representatives of the Council of Europe, European and international non-profit organizations, and Ministries of Justice, Education and Labour in charge of training in prisons met together. In this conference the importance of exchanging experiences between educational institutions and the prison world was higlighted, as well as promoting collaboration and the identification of specific needs to promote preparation for life in freedom and social reintegration of those who are deprived of their liberty.

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory participated in this Conference in order to spread the conclusions of the preparatory meeting in Milan 'Strengthening European cooperation in education and training in prisons'.
It also collaborated in drafting a work document with the organization WorkWise and other workshop participants concerning the development and promotion of European programs and the needs and expectations of organizations involved in education and training juveniles deprived of their freedom.

Budapest Conference, February 22nd to 24th: "Pathways to Inclusion"

"Forum of local and regional response against poverty and social exclusion", Committee of the Regions, June 8th 2010

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. To this end, the IJJO stresses the need to consider as a priority children at risk of social exclusion and in the case of minors in conflict with the law the improvement of the response of juvenile justice systems in terms of social and professional reintegration.
In this way, the IJJO wishes to highlight the plight of former juvenile offenders to successfully reintegrate in school systems, in the world of work, or more generally in society. It is necessary to combat the myths and stereotypes about young offenders and break the links of the chain that ties them to marginalization, exclusion and recidivism.
Accepting the conclusions of the Forum of local and regional response against poverty and social exclusion is necessary to prevent excessive handouts, and ensure support for the socially excluded so they can become the boss of their own lives.

IV IJJO International Conference "Building integrational juvenile justice systems: Approaches and methodologies regarding mental disorders and drugs misuse" Rome, November 9th to 10th, 2010

The Fourth IJJO International Conference aims to promote analysis and debate on policies and intervention programs applicable to juvenile offenders with behavioural disorders and is addressed primarily to professionals and agencies involved in the field of juvenile justice and mental health.

This new edition of the IJJO International Conference allows the exchange of knowledge and best practices among different actors from the legal, social, educational, health, thus contributing to the formulation of proposals and recommendations which facilitate the comprehensive treatment of these children and provide possible answers to key issues in legal intervention.
During the Conference, the activities for combating poverty and social exclusion, conducted within the context of the European Year will also be dealt with.

IJJO activities within the NGOs Coalition Group

The coalition group of European Social NGOs meets regularly to take stock of past actions and draw conclusions to effectively combat poverty and social exclusion. In these meetings, the coalition group also looks at developing new strategies, within the context of this European Year, and organizing future events.
In addition, the coalition group maintains regular relations with the European Parliament and the European Commission, participating in various meetings and events related to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, organized by the European institutions. An example the forum entitled "Circus for Social Inclusion,” organized by the European Commission to be held from 18th to 21st of October 2010, which will take place during information and training sessions and will provide opportunities for NGOs to organize workshops on topics such as child poverty or social inclusion.

Among the activities developed within the Group, national weeks to honour a Member State of the Union, will be held throughout 2010. During the week of its country, national NGOs organize activities on the topic of the Year:

  • Raising awareness on the issues of poverty and social exclusion: challenges and solutions.
  • Visibility of local initiatives.
  • Involvement of local and national media on the subject.
  • Events to promote the participation of people living in poverty.
  • Events spouses of members of European networks of national NGOs.
  • Events spouses of members of national parliaments and European.
  • The involvement of other stakeholders such as unions, employers, schools, universities ...
  • Press conferences.
  • Interviews.

In addition, the Group of European Social NGOs is planning a human chain against poverty around the main European institutions in Brussels, November 19, 2010, bringing together NGOs, trade unions, members of Parliament. The human chain will surround the main buildings of the European institutions: the Parliament, the Council (Justus Lipsius), The Commission (Berl), the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Council.
The 19th of November was chosen to coincide with the Agora and the Crisis of Poverty, to be held on 18th and 19th November and it brings over 500 representatives of civil society together. Thus, many NGOs can work with the deputies, participating voluntarily in the human chain.
The aim of this event is to obtain a declaration from the Heads of State in December, claiming the European Union's commitment in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in all policies.

Finally, the group of the coalition has launched the "Media Week against Poverty and Social Exclusion" from the 24th to the 30th of May 2010 during which the media of all countries of the European Union is invited to address the issue of potential poverty and social exclusion.
The European Year aims to give greater visibility to issues of poverty and social exclusion, and to sensitize public opinion. To do this, the role of the media is essential. In addition to this week dedicated to the media, the press will be invited throughout the year to cover the initiatives organized by national governments or NGOs.

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