The rights of the child in practice: furthering child-friendly justice in European law





The rights of the child in practice:
furthering child-friendly justice in European law

About the project


The project

Since the European Commission adopted the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child, which identifies making the justice system more child-friendly as a key action item, the promotion of the rights of the child through the medium of EU legislation has become a reality.

Under the Specific Programme ‘Fundamental Rights and Citizenship’ of the European Commission, ERA, together with ten judicial training bodies and Justice Ministries from seven Member States, as well as with the support of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, the Council of Europe, the Child Rights International Network and EJTN, is implementing a project consisting of a series of eight seminars on practical issues concerning child-friendly justice.

The main objectives are

  • To improve the knowledge and understanding of the concept of child-friendly justice among professionals who interact with children in the context of judicial proceedings in accordance with the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child;
  • To ensure awareness of the relevant international and European legal framework and available resources;
  • To facilitate the exchange of information, best-practice experiences and the perspectives of different professionals concerned with children in justice, with the aim of building up bridges and encouraging a multidisciplinary approach to child-friendly justice;
  • To develop common training materials with a view to their being made available for subsequent use within all EU Member States.

The concept

Eight interactive 1.5-day seminars will be conducted throughout the EU. Training materials will be developed in collaboration with recognised experts in the field in order to facilitate the implementation of these seminars. The decentralised series of seminars will address legal professionals, including judges and lawyers as well as civil servants and other individuals who come into professional contact with children in a justice setting. In order to ensure a wider target audience is reached, the seminars will take place in different parts of the EU with diverse language regimes.
For more information on the planned seminars, please consult the Calendar of activities.






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