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Child Friendly JT. “The Right of Minors to Information, Translation and Interpretation in Criminal Proceedings: Development of Child-friendly Justice Tools”

Main Objectives

Within the juvenile justice context, minors face, in some cases, difficulties in understanding their rights and legal duties, caused by the use of a too complex language. A child friendly language, formatted as appropriate for their age and maturity, can increase the self-confidence of children and, consequently, their participation in all the stages of the proceedings.

Within the Child Friendly JT project “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center, co-ordinated by Fundación Diagrama Intervención Psicosocial (Spain), aims to contribute to the correct implementation of Directives 2012/13/EU on the right of information in criminal proceedings, 2010/64/EU on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings and (EU) 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings.

In other words, the main objectives are related to the promotion of child friendly justice by facilitating the comprehension of the information provided to the minors in conflict with the law, as well as their parents/holders of parental responsibility, through the use of a language adapted to their stage of development.

 

Expected results

The expected results of the project are:

  • Improvement in the correct implementation of Directive 2012/13/EU, Directive 2010/64/EU and Directive (EU) 2016/800;
  • Improvement in the comprehension of the information provided to minors and their parents/holders of parental responsibility in criminal proceedings;
  • Contribution to more child-friendly European Juvenile Justice Systems;
  • Improvement in the knowledge of professionals working in juvenile justice system.

Activities

The activities of the project are:

  • Assessment and analysis of the needs of minors in conflict with the law through questionnaires, focus groups, meetings with Public Administration;
  • Creating information leaflets and assessing the effectiveness and impact;
  • Project dissemination by creating website sections, sending newsletters and so on.

Funding Reference

The Child-Friendly JT project is co-financed by the Justice Programme of the European Commission (Ref. JUST-AG-2016/JUST-AG-2016-06).

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