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Final Conference for the European Project ‘Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders’

Friday 16th of January 2015
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The final conference of the European project ‘Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders: Developing Intensive and Remand Fostering Programmes’ took place on the 2nd December 2014. The day was devoted to the presentation and study of practices promoting placement with foster families as an alternative to custody.

The final conference of the project took place the day before the 6th IJJO International Conference during the first week of December. This week was dedicated to Juvenile Justice, with the organisation of events focused mainly on children in conflict with the law, and enabled the sharing of research undertaken on fostering as an alternative amongst professionals and organisations in this area.

‘Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders’ began in January 2013 has partners from several European countries: BAAF (UK); Eurochild (Belgium); A National Voice (UK); Family Child Youth Association (Hungary); National Network for Children (Bulgaria); Social Activities and Practices Institute – SAPI (Bulgaria); International Juvenile Justice Observatory (Belgium); Kensington and Chelsea (UK); Budapest Child Protection Agency (Hungary) and Sofia Municipality (Bulgaria). The project has the financial support of the EU through the DAPHNE programme and was managed by the BAAF organisation (British Association for Adoption and Fostering).

The aim of the final conference was to present the results of this project, which developed into two principal phases: firstly, the research and study phase led by the IJJO into juvenile justice practices carried out across Europe and secondly, the establishment of a European best practice framework for the “Development of Intensive and Remand Fostering Programmes” for young offenders, and the development of a high level plan for foster and youth justice professionals.

The conference was chaired by Bruce Clark, the policy director of the British organisation CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service). Cédric Foussard, Jana Hainsworth and Jeffrey Coleman presented the project and the links between justice and child protection.

Cédric Foussard and the IJJO consultant Andrea Parosanu presented an IJJO study carried out in 24 countries, as well as a report on the study of juvenile justice practices drawn up thanks to research carried out by different national experts, of which the majority were members of the European Council for Juvenile Justice.

During the conference, four countries presented their policy guidelines governing juvenile justice: Maria Herczog, from the Family Child Youth Association, who described the situation in Hungary; Nelli Petrova-Dimitrova, from the Social Activities and Practices Institute (SAPI) in Bulgaria; Professor Claudius Messner, from the University of Salento law department, who explained the practices put in place in Italy and Roana Roach, a consultant from BAAF in the UK.

Furthermore, there was a film showing foster care best practices, directed and produced by Clare Holt, of Nice Tree Films.


With financial support from the Daphne III Programme of the European Union

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