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March 2015 - February 2017 - Europe Good practices, Justice, Juvenile, Reform, Systems, Training

The varying levels of implementation of international standards concerning children in conflict with the law have become a problem inherent in the field of Juvenile Justice, due to various reasons, with a lack of specific training in Juvenile Justice at both the EU and the local level being key. Current training methods in how Juvenile Justice stakeholders communicate with children in conflict with the law is somewhat lacking.

Therefore, the project ‘Improving Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe: Training for Professionals’, elaborated by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), intends to provide information, knowledge and training to juvenile justice national authorities and staff working with juvenile offenders at a European level, in order to promote a better implementation of international standards concerning children in conflict with the law. It involves the IJJO think tank and formal network: the European Council of Juvenile Justice.

The project focuses on improving juvenile justice national systems and exchanging promising practices concerning juvenile offenders subject to sanctions or measures. It consists of training modules on the creation on child-friendly justice and follows a two part approach:

Training of trainers (national Juvenile Justice stakeholders) and,

National interdisciplinary workshops on child-friendly justice (for defender, social, healthcare professionals, penitentiary staff, etc).

The training of trainers focuses on capacity building for juvenile justice stakeholders and the content of national workshops will follow the recommendations of the IJJO White Paper ‘Save Money, Protect Society and Realise Youth Potential - Improving Youth Justice Systems during a Time of Economic Crisis’, in particular how and why assess the need of children in conflict with the law deprived of liberty, with a special interest in promoting alternative measures and restorative approaches.

The accent is given to the importance of developing individualised programs for children in conflict with the law, and developing specific knowledge for professionals concerning children rights, communication with children and preparation to the release.

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November 2014 - October 2016 - Europe Good practices, Justice, Juvenile, Measures, Protection, Public policies, Restorative, Rights, Systems, Victims

The project ‘REVIJ - Reparation to the Victim in the European Juvenile Justice Systems: Comparative Analysis and Transfer of Best Practices’ aims to conduct a comparative of the measures provided for victims in the European juvenile justice systems, focusing on analyzing two aspects:

First, if these measures provided for victims comply with Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of The Council, of 25 October 2012, in establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.

Second, the practices that are carried out in restorative services within the juvenile justice field, and the type of guarantees they offer to victims.

You can access the web section here.

April 2013 - April 2013 Colombia - South America Adolescent, Crime, Delinquency, Good practices, Justice, Juvenile, Prevention, Violence

In the axis of Citizen Security of the Eurosocial II program led by French Expertise Internationale in Paris - FEI (coordinating partner) and the International Juvenile Justice Observatory in Brussels - OIJJ (Operating Partner), works in connection with the coordination of actors in Public Safety with special emphasis on youth violence prevention. One of the participant countries in this axis is Colombia, who has expressed a demand to the development of effective measures for the prevention of juvenile delinquency in the country. The national representative of the program for this action is the National Planning Department (DNP) and the national political leader is the Ministry of Justice and Law.

The aim of the program Eurosocial II is to assists technically and methodologically to the building of inputs needed for the design of a National Policy for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency in Colombia. This policy derives expressly from the Article No. 95 of Law No. 1453 of Public Safety. This new policy will help to strengthen inter-agency strategies to prevent youth crime in the country and to advance its reduction. Finally, new policy will be also complemented with other social policies and national and local plans that cater to the demands of the national youth population in Colombia

In this context it provides the realization of the International Forum, for which it has also had the important support of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare - ICBF (national headquarters) and the German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ in Colombia. This scenario will join national efforts of a previous process of identifying good practices at the country level and will be socialized during the Forum. These best practices represent an important input for the construction of a National Policy for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency in Colombia. Both, the current political and institutional commitment in Colombia as its responsiveness, are still the most suitable for the design of a coherent and effective national policy that is linked to the experiences of national, regional, and international actors, and the evidence of efficacy in prevention of youth crime.

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