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New guidelines on children in contact with the justice system

Wednesday 12th of July 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

The International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates recently published its ‘Guidelines on Children in Contact with the Justice System’, which were ratified by its members earlier this year. These guidelines are primarily intended for professionals working in the justice system with children and families, and revolve around one central question: How should children be treated when they come into contact with the justice system?


In order to best answer this question, the guidelines have been based on various sources, including experiences of professionals working with children and families within the justice systems of numerous countries. They are also anchored in international law and draw a great part of their inspiration from various international and legal documents focusing on the rights of children.

Furthermore, they have been developed in a way so as to be applied around the world, covering all interventions in the justice systems, prior, pending and following judicial intervention, as well as all matters involving children, whether victim or accused.

Download here the guidelines.


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