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Recommendation No. R (87) 20 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on social reactions to Juvenile Delinquency

Committee of Ministers. Council of Europe.


The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe,
Considering that young people are developing beings and in consequence all measures taken in their respect should have an educational character;
Considering that social reactions to juvenile delinquency should take account of the personality and specific needs of minors and that the latter need specialised interventions and, where appropriate, specialised treatment based in particular on the principles embodied in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child;

Convinced that the penal system for minors should continue to be characterised by its objective of education and social integration and that it should as far as possible abolish imprisonment for minors;
Considering that measures in respect of minors should preferably be implemented in their natural environment and should involve the community, in particular at local level;

Convinced that minors must be afforded the same procedural guarantees as adults;
Taking account of earlier work by the Council of Europe in the field of juvenile delinquency and in particular of Resolution (78) 62 on juvenile delinquency and social change and the conclusions of the 14th Criminological Research Conference on "Prevention of juvenile delinquency: the role of institutions of socialisation in a changing society";

Having regard to the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (the Beijing Rules),
Recommends the governments of member states to review, if necessary, their legislation and practice with a view.


European Union

Year Language

1987 English, Spanish, French

Category Type

International Texts Recommendation


Delinquency, Education, Insertion, Intervention, Justice, Juvenile, Mediation, Prevention, Research


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