A Challenge Paper on Justice for Children

22 March 2019
YiP joined a group of bright minds in Venice on March 13 -14 to work on a Challenge Paper – a document that serves as input for the Sustainable Development Goals on justice for children.

The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations commit to leaving no one behind. With children being amongst the most vulnerable in society, the Paper should demonstrate how justice for children is a critical contributor to this vision. Raoul Nolen, director of Young in Prison, joined a group of international representatives with, amongst many others, UNICEF, Terre des Hommes and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The overarching purpose of the Challenge Paper on Justice for Children is to draw out the challenges that children and young people face in accessing justice and when coming into contact with the justice system, whether as victims, witnesses, offenders in both criminal and civil disputes. It should also draw out the distinctive forms of justice that are required for the broader needs and rights of children to be appropriately addressed.

Raoul commented after the meeting: “Together, put a lot of effort identifying the challenges and solutions to increased access to justice for children and youth including those deprived of their liberty. With the goal to make a Challenge paper and provide input on how to achieve SDG16 on Peace and Justice.

I shared key lessons from our successful projects such as our project on youth participation called Youthlab that focuses on improving child friendly communication skills of justice professionals with the input from youth with experience.

And our recent project focuses on adding self-composed life stories of youth to their official case files. While case files tend to focus on ‘what went wrong’ in the lives of youth, they are now allowed to add different snapshots and stories too, about their families, hobbies and origin for example.

Stay tuned for more information about this promising practice and more info about the Challenge paper!”

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