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‘Advancing Defence Rights for Children’ project: Manual on implementing the training programme

Tuesday 19th of February 2019
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‘Advancing the Defence Rights for Children’ is a project led by Fair Trials International and carried out in collaboration with four partner organisations, including the IJJO. It is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union. Its overall objective is to support defence lawyers to improve skills and knowledge in order to provide effective assistance to children in criminal proceedings. The project does so by developing an adaptable and interdisciplinary training programme, which focuses on interactive exercises to apply skills in practice, as well as training that responds to local needs. 


Today, we are shining a spotlight on the ‘Manual for Trainers’ which provides a comprehensive overview on the execution of the project’s training programme and how to adapt it for local jurisdictions. It should be used hand in hand with the ‘Manual for Practitioners’, which is the document provided to those professionals undergoing the training. The ‘Manual for Trainers’ sets out the organisation, logistics and structure of the training, with overviews of each module and advice on how to deliver the topics using interactive techniques such as roleplay and group exercises. Some of these techniques involve using scenarios, which are provided in annexes separately from the manual. 

This tool stands alongside and compliments other resources provided within the project, such as the online course which offers a useful introduction to the core juvenile justice concepts, legal instruments, and extra-legal understanding of adolescent development.

In addition to this, the ‘Manual for Practitioners’ is the aforementioned resource which guides practitioners to a better understanding of the practical aspects of assisting children in conflict with the law.

Furthermore, the implementation toolkit provides information regarding EU Directive 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings, and how it can be used to defend these children.

These resources work hand in hand to support defence lawyers ensure children receive a fair trial, and are supported effectively throughout criminal proceedings.


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