The 2nd project meeting of the project ‘Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders: Developing Intensive and Remand Fostering Programmes’, which took place in Sofia (Bulgaria) on July 11-12, was the occasion to share first results on the analysis of different juvenile justice systems within the 28 EU member states, and specifically the fostering programmes that are offered as alternatives to custody.
The first day started with a desk analysis of four countries: the UK, Hungary, Bulgary and Italy, presented by the teams of experts of each nation, who answered the queries, comments and suggestions of the rest of partners regarding the analysis and how to address future research on the subject matter.
Then, Cédric Foussard, the IJJO Director of International Affairs, made a presentation comparing the different juvenile justice systems in Europe, with a special emphasis on alternative care, stressing also the challenges derived from the different minimum age of criminal responsibility in different European countries.
Finally, the partners discussed the best way to involve young people in their research for the project, the focus group should include young people at age 10-18, from different geographical locations and from different jurisdictional systems, as there is a wide range of services and care experiences.
On the second day, the partners outlined the next steps of the project, mainly focusing on the following research phase.