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NEWSLETTER
I. Latest News from the European Council for Juvenile Justice

a. The ECJJ Roadmap for Juvenile Restorative Justice: 28 national snapshots, the EU Model, and the Toolkit for Professionals.

As announced with our last newsletter, the IJJO has been awarded an operating grant by the European Commission, to develop a EU Model of Juvenile Restorative Justice. Aiming to invite ECJJ members to join the research team for the Model, the Terms of Reference were circulated among Council members, and they are still available on the IJJO website.[+]

We are now happy to announce that Professor Tim Chapman, lecturer at the University of Ulster and board member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, will be in charge of leading the research. The project final result will include three publications: first of all 28 snapshots of Juvenile Restorative Practices in the EU Member States. On the basis of these analyses, best practices will be selected, better investigated through ad-hoc study visits, and later included in the final and comprehensive scientific report, the EU Model of Juvenile Restorative Justice, which aims to promote programmes with positive results in reducing crime and recidivism rates among the European youth population. Finally, a Toolkit for professionals will complement the publication of the Manual, with the objective of favouring its implementation at national level.

b. ECJJ 4th Meeting 'Towards a European Restorative Justice Paradigm for Adolescents and Youngsters; Validation of a EU Model on Juvenile Restorative Justice as an Effective Way to Reduce Children Incarcerated.'

The 4th Meeting of the European Council for Juvenile Justice will take place in Brussels, December 4 and 5. After the cooperation meetings of 2009, and the following ones held in Rome and in London in 2010 and 2012, this event represents for the ECJJ the opportunity to achieve notable progress in strengthening its cooperative structure and its results. In particular, the 4th Meeting will be the occasion to present the EU Model on Juvenile Restorative Justice to ECJJ members, in order to discuss about the challenges, difficulties and opportunities to implement it at national level. But it will also provide a forum of discussion and active exchange of latest initiatives between our partners, as one of the current goals of the Council is to identify priorities for action and build a roadmap and EU agenda for the next 5 years, in the context of the new European Commission.

The Meeting is organised in the framework of the 6th IJJO International Conference "Making Deprivation of Children's Liberty a Last Resort: Towards evidence-based policies on alternatives" that will also be held in Brussels, December 3 and 4. For the official members of the European Council for Juvenile Justice, registration will be free of charge, and they will soon receive an invitation. [+]

c. VI IJJO International Conference "Making Deprivation of Children’s Liberty a Last Resort: Towards evidence based policies on alternatives" will take place on the 3rd and 4th of December in Brussels.

The 6th IJJO International Conference will provide the opportunity to look further at how to prioritize alternatives to the deprivation of liberty and to implement better restorative juvenile justice approaches. Consequently law reform aspects will be addressed, as will the need to orientate interventions towards the best interest of the minor and to the specific needs of each young person or adolescent, through the use of empirical evidence-based models.

Issues to be discussed include:

• Promoting law reforms that avoid repressive approaches and guarantee a diversification of measures.

• Reducing the number of minors deprived of liberty and improving the conditions and evaluation of international standards.

• Promoting the design of public policies and programs focused on the best interest of the minor, their needs and risk factors.

• Promoting out-of-court responses and restorative practices by reinforcing the role of the community and others such as school, family etc.

• Implementing mechanisms and instruments that enable the impact and effectiveness of juvenile justice policies to be monitored and assessed.

For more information please see the section on the conference’s Topics, as well as the Programme section and the Speakers section.

If you wish to participate, please register on the IJJO webpage [+]

II. Latest News from International and European Bodies

a. New Calls from DG Justice.

The DG Justice, European Commission, has recently published new interesting calls for proposals that concern future improvements to European criminal systems. Two in particular favour juvenile justice developments: one offering support to European Judicial Training, focusing also on fundamental rights; the other one focusing on projects to promote the recent development of the European criminal system, namely the new safeguards for persons involved in criminal proceedings. Furthermore, the two latest calls focus on projects to enhance the protection of children’s rights, in the judicial framework, and through multi-disciplinary training for professionals.[+]

b. EU Children Directive: Civil Society contributions

The Legislative process of the Commission’s proposal for a 'Directive on procedural rights of children accused or suspect in criminal proceedings' continues, and, after the publication of the General Approach of the Council in May, the Parliament is now getting involved.

Representatives of civil society, and especially associations that advocate children’s rights and the respect of fair trial guarantees are also getting involved in the process, providing in-depth analysis of the current proposal and critical suggestions to improve the text. In particular:

Fair Trial International and Children's Rights Alliance for England, Joint position paper on the proposed directive on procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings[+]

International Commission of Jurists, JUSTICE and Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten Briefing Paper on the Proposal for a Directive on Procedural Safeguards for Children Suspected or Accused in Criminal Proceedings [+]

c. The Fundamental Rights Agency publishes Handbook on Guardianship for Children Deprived of Parental Care

The role of guardians is crucial to fulfil the State’s obligations to provide tailored care and assistance to children in absence of their parents. Because of their vulnerable position, these children are often victims of abuse, trafficking and exploitation, and guardianship is the main instrument to ensure their protection. In this light, the publication of Handbook on Guardianship for Children Deprived of Parental Care aims to strengthen guardianship functions to achieve better protection of separated children around Europe. The Handbook builds on shared principles, such as non-discrimination, impartiality, quality, accountability, sustainability and children’s participation, to provide specific advice to Member States officials and to guardians. [+]

III. IJJO European Projects

a. Second Transnational Meeting of J.O.D.A. Project.

The two-day meeting of the Juvenile Offenders Detention Alternatives project took place in Murcia, Spain on September 25 and 26. The first day of the meeting was dedicated to experts who illustrated the legal framework and prevailing practices concerning detention and its alternatives in different member States, and to a field visit of an open-regime facility, managed by Fundación Diagrama (Spain). On the second day, the partners of the project defined the strategic guidelines for future actions. Coordination meetings such as this one will continue to take place to ensure continuous analysis and consultation at different stages of the project, the next one is set for March 2015.[+]

b. Final Conference of the Project ‘Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders – Developing Intense and Remand Fostering Programmes’.

With the support of the European Commission through the Daphne Program, ‘Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders’ saw the involvement of 8 European partners across 5 Member States, being the IJJO one of them. The Conclusive Conference will be held in Brussels on December 2, to outline the main conclusions of the research on fostering practices in Europe. The concrete outputs of the project, which include a Manual, a European Training Toolkit, and National policy Guidelines will be presented, tested and evaluated in the course of the Conference.[+]

c. Launching the "ECJJ corner" a Newsletter Section Dedicated to ECJJ Members’ Initiatives

We have decided to make the ECJJ newsletter a more interactive space that would allow for more dynamic exchanges between our members. You are therefore invited to participate directly, by sending us news concerning your latest projects and publications, composed of a brief presentation (10 to 12 lines); a link to the webpage of the project or of your organisation; and a photo. From the next newsletter, we will devote this third section entirely to you, each time selecting three of the initiatives that you will have brought to our attention.

If you wish to share a project with us, please write to: europeancouncil@oijj.org , by the end of the month. We are looking forward to your responses!


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