Summary of contextual overviews on children's involvement in criminal judicial proceedings in the 28 Member States of the European Union
The promotion and protection of the rights of the child is one of the objectives of the EU on which the Treaty of Lisbon has put further emphasis. This report is part of a study ‘to collect data on children’s involvement in judicial proceedings in the EU’ which supports the implementation of the Commission Communication of 15 February 2011 ‘An EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child’, that identified the lack of reliable, comparable and official data on the situation of children in the Member States (MS). This deficiency is a serious obstacle to the development and implementation of... evidence-based policies and is particularly evident in the context of child friendly justice and the protection of children in vulnerable situations. Making the justice system more child friendly in Europe is a key action of the EU Agenda. It is an area of high practical relevance where the EU has, under the Treaties, competences to turn the rights of the child into reality by means of EU legislation. Improved data is crucial to the framing of such legislation. This report describes the main findings of the 30 contextual overviews produced and information collected in the phase of the study to collect data on children’s involvement in criminal judicial proceedings in the role of suspects/offenders, victims and witnesses.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Justice (European Commission) Now known as... Now known as... Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (European Commission) , ICF GHK , Milieu Themes: Law and justice, Social sciences research
- Subject: child protection, children's rights, civilian victim, criminal law, education of young offenders, EU Member State, help for victims, judicial proceedings, witness protection