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May 2014 - May 2016 - Europe Adolescent, Child, Education, Protection, Rights, Victims

Participation in legal proceedings places children at high risk of victimisation. Research from SAPI (Social Activities and Practices Institute – Bulgaria) showed that children are repeatedly interviewed about the same subject by police officers, social workers, investigators, experts, judges, etc., most of which have little child-oriented knowledge, and are not capable of correctly interrogating children. Medical examinations are still conducted without consideration for the child’s specific needs, which carries a high risk for secondary victimisation, especially in sexual abuse cases. Overall, research shows that child victims or witnesses of crime’s rights to information, accompaniment and support are not at all guaranteed.

The project aims to improve the situation of child victims or witnesses of crime in legal proceedings through an integrated approach. In support of programme priority “Supporting victims of crime”, the project promotes the use of the 2012 Directive on minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, “in order to improve mutual trust with the view to ensuring protection of rights of victims and of the accused”.

The project's final outcome is the production of a detailed model for multidisciplinary needs assessment and, on this basis, the development of an integrated approach for guaranteeing the child’s rights and best interests during their involvement in legal proceedings.

The target groups are:

1) Professionals involved in criminal procedures (police, prosecutors, judges) in Bulgaria, France, Italy and Romania, who will take part in educational activities to improve their attitudes and their capacity for guaranteeing the child’s rights in a multidisciplinary manner.

2) Professionals from the system of child protection; social service providers; forensic medicine specialists providing expertise and psycho-therapeutic support to child victims of crime in Bulgaria and France; and state policy makers, who will be introduced to an integrated approach to assessing and responding to the needs of children involved in criminal proceedings.

The project is scheduled to last 24 months. It started in May 2014 and will end in May 2016.

To access the project's web section, click here

October 2010 - February 2012 El Salvador - National Education, Juvenile, Rights

The main objective of the project “Support the Municipality of La Unión in the creation and development of public policies and care services for children and youth” is improve the living conditions and the integral development of children, adolescents and young people in risk and/or social exclusion in El Salvador. In order to generate such conditions, the project aims to support the Municipality of La Unión (Department of La Unión) through policies and public services oriented to the attention of this target group. Therefore is required a direct attention to children, adolescents and youth through the implementation of a series of educative, formative, entertainment/leisure events and social activities. Further, it will be created a Child Development Center (CDC) as an educational space responsible for the care of children between 0 and 6 years which will develop a program of varied activities for children and youth: Program of psychosocial skills, playful, youth support, social organization and community youth. In addition, it will be implemented a Family Orientation Program aimed at the parents of the target group. Alongside it will promote the institutional strengthening of the Municipality through a public policy specifically aimed at people under 25, as the basis of the Municipality actuation in relation to the target group. This policy will arise from the perspective of gender and will encourage the participation of the beneficiaries and the civil society. Finally, the professionals of the Municipality who work in the area of social care will be provided with training to improve the care of children and youth. The Municipality will undertake to develop the above policies and to include within the municipal budget the maintenance costs of the CDC.

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