Dear ECJJ members,

Please find below a summary of our most recent activities and upcoming events:

Fifth Meeting of the European Council for Juvenile Justice

The Fifth Meeting of the European Council for Juvenile Justice (ECJJ) served as a forum for juvenile justice professionals and actors in the field, and aims to define the actions and priorities of the ECJJ for the next two years. In particular, the four following topics were addressed during the meeting in order to define four new strategic areas of the ECJJ as well as specific working groups. Those themes will constitute the pillars of the ECJJ Roadmap of priorities and activities for 2017-2019:

1. All forms of detention and alternatives
2. Restorative approaches
3. Procedural safeguards and child-friendly justice
4. Countering violent extremism

The roadmap will be shared with all the ECJJ members in the next weeks.

The 5th meeting was held in Valencia, Spain, from Wednesday the 15th to Friday the 17th of February 2017 and brought together more than 60 experts coming from 26 EU Member states.

You will find the presentations of the speakers here and the pictures of the meeting here.

Last IJJO activities in Europe by topic

1. All forms of detention and alternatives

A. Start of the project AWAY coordinated by Terre des Hommes Foundation “Lausanne” in Hungary

The project AWAY – Alternatives ways to address youth, co-funded by the Justice programme of the European Union and coordinated by Terre des Hommes Hungary aims to respond to identified regional gaps, as well as to address the needs of vulnerable children in the target countries (Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia) by supporting child-friendly juvenile justice systems in peripheral areas to become more compliant with central guidelines and procedures for diversion. The proposed action will identify the regions which are characterized with limited services for diversion, and map appropriate alternatives for incarceration and services for diversion, segregated by gender and age appropriateness.

Upcoming date: Kick off meeting of the project, 4-5 of April 2017 in Budapest.

More information about the project here.

(IJJO contact person: Aurélie Edjidjimo Madua – E.mail: aedjidjimo@oijj.org)

B. FRA releases new report on criminal detention and alternatives

EU Member States have largely implemented, and started applying, three instruments on transferring prison sentences, probation measures and alternative sanctions, as well as pre-trial supervision measures, to other Member States. This report provides an overview of their first experiences with these measures, highlighting both best practices and shortcomings.

To download the report, please click here.

2. Restoratives approaches

A. Start of the IJJO led project “Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims”

The project, co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union, started in January 2017 and will end in December 2018. Its main objective is to extend and adapt the research on RJ to demonstrate its effectiveness for young victims. Collaborating with the European Forum of Restorative Justice (EFRJ) on this project, the IJJO has decided to use the strength of two big European networks together and the experience and knowledge of the EFRJ on restorative justice to implement successful practices of juvenile restorative justice in the EU, in order to address the needs of young victims of crime committed by young offenders in the most satisfying ways.

The project will provide an opportunity for mutual learning between six countries, three of which are already using restorative justice with children successfully (the “mentor” partners), and the other three will implement observed restorative practices as part of a monitored pilot project (the “mentee” partners). In addition, in order to provide knowledge about good practices to a large pool of professionals, a practical guide on how to implement three RJ practices with children and youth will be created, and an online course will be developed based on it. A first kick off meeting of the project was held on March, 3.

Upcoming date: 1st study visit in Finland – 6-8 of June 2017.

More information here.

(IJJO contact person: Aurélie Edjidjimo – E.mail: aedjidjimo@oijj.org)

B. Expert seminar on the implementation of the Victim´s Directive organised by the Criminal Justice Platform Europe (CJPE)

On 23 February 2017, the IJJO took part in Brussels to an expert seminar on the implementation of the Victims’ Directive organised by the Criminal Justice Platform Europe (CJPE).

On this occasion the European Forum for Restorative Justice released its latest publication, the ‘PRACTICE GUIDE FOR RJ SERVICES: The Victims’ Directive – Challenges and opportunities for restorative justice‘ together with the briefing paper which aims to assess the potential and to highlight the limits provided by the European Victims’ Directive in relation to the regulation of restorative justice in the European Union.

62 professionals from 18 different countries attended the seminar, which contents and presentations were particularly relevant and in line with the recent researches on Restorative Juvenile Justice published by the IJJO and its ongoing European project Implementing Restorative Justice for Child Victims from which the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) and the French Institute for Restorative Justice (IFRJ) are partners.

3. Procedural safeguards and child-friendly justice

A. 'Improving Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe' project: manual in 11 languages, toolkit, videos and online course released

As the IJJO led project ‘Improving Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe: Training for Professionals’ reached its conclusion with a final conference this February in Valencia (Spain), all the various materials produced are now available on the IJJO website for a wide-reaching training on child-friendly justice and the right of the child to be heard across several EU member states.

These materials are divided into four key outputs: a Manual, translated in 11 languages; a Toolkit for Professionals; a series of videos featuring young people in conflict with the law; and a corresponding online training course from the International School of Juvenile Justice, the IJJO e-learning platform.

More information here.

(IJJO contact person: Adélaïde Vanhove – E.mail: avanhove@oijj.org)

B. ‘Improving Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe’ project: Final conference tackles partners’ experiences and national impacts

The final conference of the IJJO led project ‘Improving Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe: Training for professionals’ was held in Valencia, Spain, between the 15th and the 17th of February 2017. The final conference allowed for the perfect opportunity to present and reflect on the results of this project, co-funded by the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union. On the 16th of February, a field visit was organised to the 'Pi Gros' youth detention centre (Castellón province) managed by Fundación Diagrama which allowed participants to observe an example of good practices being put into practice in the context of a juvenile detention centre, in accordance with the recommendations of the IJJO project 'Improving'.

More information here.

(IJJO contact person: Adélaïde Vanhove – E.mail: avanhove@oijj.org)

C. Start of the project “Advancing Defence Rights for Children” coordinated by Fair Trials International (UK)

The main objective of the project ‘Advancing Defence Rights for Children’ (JUST/2015/RCHI/AG/PROF) is to increase the capacity of defence lawyers to effectively represent children in criminal proceedings, providing tools as well as training and networking opportunities in order to facilitate the achievement of this goal.

The kick-off meeting of the project was held in London on January, 31st, 2017.

Upcoming date: Regional conference, London, 6th-7th, July, 2017

More information here.

(IJJO contact person: Sophie Duroy – E.mail: sophie.duroy@oijj.org)

4. Countering violent extremism

A. PRALT – The Prevention of Juvenile Radicalisation - Experts’ Meeting In Brussels

On December 20th, 2016, the IJJO held an Experts’ meeting in Brussels for its project PRALT – The Prevention of Juvenile Radicalisation.

The meeting was the opportunity to discuss the approach taken by the IJJO and its consultants on the research and the Training Manual being drafted for the project.

Contributions were given on different subjects, such as the meaning of radicalisation for young people, experiences from different countries and national contexts, and from the professional expertise of the experts attending the meeting.

A fruitful discussion on the structure and content of the 5 volumes of the Training Manual ensued, and all the feedback will be implemented in the drafting of the Manual.

The IJJO and its consultants found the meeting very successful and would like to thank all attending experts for their contributions.

More information here.

The next steps of the project are the delivery of the Training Manual and the organisation of the 3rd study visit and national seminar in Belgium.

We would like to remind you that our European Survey on promising practices to fight youth radicalisation is still open, and that you are welcome to fill it in or share in through your networks: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/8VVC9PV

B. PRALT – The Prevention of Juvenile Radicalisation - First Study-Visit in Berlin

From February 20th to the 22nd, the IJJO and the Bremen Ministry of Justice and Constitution co-hosted the first study-visit of the IIJO led project ‘PRALT – The prevention of juvenile radicalisation’ in Berlin.

This study-visit was an opportunity for all partners of the project to hear about good German practices in terms of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of juvenile radicalisation, and about existing programmes of disengagement and rehabilitation in detention.

Presentations were followed by questions and discussions surrounding the practices and programmes presented, as well as regarding the PRALT Training Manual, currently in development, and the tasks of the partners in the project. On the last day, a visit of the Tegel prison was organised for all partners to have a better understanding of the context and facilities in which the presented programmes of disengagement and rehabilitation in detention take place.

The study-visit was very successful and fruitful in terms of content and knowledge-sharing, and will have a very positive impact on the next steps of the project.

The second study-visit of the project was held in The Netherlands on March 27th-29th, 2017, and was co-organised by the IJJO and Stichting 180 and hosted on the 1st day by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. More information will soon be available on the IJJO website.

Upcoming dates: The third and last study-visit will be held in Belgium on April 26th-27th, 2017, and will be hosted by the IJJO.

(IJJO contact person: Sophie Duroy – E.mail: sophie.duroy@oijj.org)

C. Start of the IJJO led project “Strengthening Juvenile Justice Systems in the counter-terrorism context: Capacity-building and peer-learning among stakeholders”

The project, co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union, started in January 2017 and will end in December 2018. It aims at identifying, promoting and strengthening juvenile justice systems’ policy responses and specialised programming to face terrorism and violent extremism in juveniles. One of the main outputs of the project is the launch of an online community of practice on counter-terrorism policies and programmes directed at juveniles with the information provided by ECJJ members, in order to make it comprehensive at EU level. Therefore, we invite you all to share with us any promising or good practice that is implemented in this field in your country.

Upoming date: 1st study-visit in Belgium, 24-25 of April 2017.

More information here.

(IJJO contact person: Adélaïde Vanhove, avanhove@oijj.org)

D. IJJO participation to international workshop and strategy meeting on counterterrorism in Malta

From the 18th to the 20th of January, 2017, the IJJO, represented by Ms. Sophie Duroy, attended the workshop of the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) on “Criminal Justice Actors’ Role in Countering Violent Extremism”, as well as its strategy meeting on “Implementation of the Neuchatel Memorandum on Juvenile Justice Strategy”. Held in the headquarters of the IIJ in Valletta, Malta, the two events brought together more than 40 representatives of international organisations and judicial practitioners.

More information here.

Upcoming calls for proposals

The EU has recently announced a new round of funding opportunities for 2017! Among the funding priorities, we have highlighted the following:

Action grants

- Daphne – to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women, as well as violence against other groups at risk, in particular groups at risk of violence in close relationships, and to protect victims of such violence (Estimate date of publication: Q3 2017)
- Capacity-building in the area of rights of the child (Estimate date of publication: Q4 2017)
- Support national or transnational projects on non-discrimination and Roma integration (Estimate date of publication: Q2 2017)- Monitor, prevent and counter hate speech online (Estimate date of publication: Q2 2017)

Operating grants

- Call for 4-year Framework Partnership Agreements to support European networks active in the fields covered by the specific objectives Daphne or rights of the child (Estimate date of publication: Q1 2017)
- Operating grants to Framework Partners active in the Daphne or rights of the child areas (Estimate date of publication: Q1 2017).

More information can be found here and here.

The ECJJ members´corner

Please do not hesitate to share your activities and agenda for 2017 with us. We would be happy to include them in our next newsletters.

Adélaïde Vanhove
Policy Officer - European Affairs
International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO)

europeancouncil@oijj.org
www.oijj.org

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