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Tuesday 28th of January 2020

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IJJO participates at the ambitious European project concerning Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders

Friday 5th of April 2013
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The IJJO is pleased to introduce a project concerning the area of young offenders which is called 'Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders: Developing Intensive and Remand Fostering Programmes'. This initiative, which is led by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), is aiming to develop and promote fostering programmes as an alternative to custody for young offenders as in compliance with the article 40 of the UNCRC. The project has started in the January 2013 and its duration is 2 years.


During the 1st project meeting, which took place in Brussels between the 22-23 of January, partners discussed the main administrative and financial issues governing the management of the project; at the same time partners, meeting as a group for the first time, were able to share and exchange views as they began the important task of thinking through the detail of the structure and outcomes for our  forthcoming activities, in particular for the framework of the research workstream.

Foster care is mentioned by the article 40 UNCRC as one of the alternatives to institutional care-detention, whose negative impact on child’s development is widely recognized. Despite this recognition, the care-detention and custody measures are still being used in the praxis of many EU member states when dealing with young offenders. The project is aiming to change this situation and to set up a widely recognized model of good practices. The model will be based on Remand and Intensive Foster Care, which are believed to have the potential to provide young people with a caring environment and prevent them from negative consequences of detention and custody.

‘Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders’ 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).

Projects members aim at first drafting an overview of inspiring fostering practices implemented within the European Union before developing a comprehensive step-by-step multi-agency framework for an Intensive and Remand Fostering Programme. The protocol of intervention will include a training programme and briefing documents designed to be effective tools for multi-agency networks, in particular foster careers, fostering and youth justice staff, criminal justice and police personnel, with proposed core minimum standards, guidelines, practical tools procedures and information designed for young people.

As partner of this project, the IJJO invites you to discover the specific websection where you will find more information concerning the objectives, partners and results of the project.

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

DAPHNE III Programme


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