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Monday 10th of August 2020

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Presentation of the Third Meeting of the European Council for Juvenile Justice (ECJJ)

Introduction | Objetives | Programme | IJJO White Paper | Documents of interest

IJJO White Paper

Improving youth justice systems during a time of economic crisis

In 1978, the Council of Europe published a resolution on juvenile delinquency and social change calling for ‘the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the social integration of the young’. Since then, despite over ten recommendations relating to youth justice being released by the Council of Europe, few concerted attempts have been made by governments to meet them. When we acknowledge the fact that many countries generally ignore the youth justice standards, the situation becomes all the more concerning during a time of economic turmoil when even the most basic services to protect children’s economic, social, and cultural rights are at an increased risk.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child frequently expresses its concern that international standards on youth justice have not been fully implemented by European countries. Indications exist suggesting that the majority of European countries do not have a clear picture of the extent to which they are adhering to international and European standards, or, indeed, whether or not any of their practices in the sphere of youth justice are truly yielding the expected results, because they do not have suf!cient data collection, monitoring and evaluation systems. In general, most countries tend to favor detention and punitive measures, however, this white paper will argue that through the prioritization of four key factors in the design of juvenile justice policies, European governments can save money, ensure greater security, and foster the positive development of its young population.

About the author

Marianne MooreMarianne Moore, Director of Justice Studio Ltd, is an international expert in youth justice. She has worked on a number of projects to improve practices towards children and young people in detention in the UK, wider Europe, Asia and Africa. She has worked extensively for UNICEF worldwide: d evising a diversion policy for UNICEF Afghanistan; conducting a study into best practice in the conditional release for UNICEF Turkey; training staff in inspecting child detention centres for UNICEF Ta nzania and she is currently undertaking a multi-country review of UNICEF programmes for children in detention in eleven Eastern European and Central Asian States. In addition to the White Paper, Marianne has worked on a pan-European study on young offenders and mental health for the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

Marianne is based in the UK where she is currently l eading an outcomes and value for money study of 16 Secure Children’s Homes and evaluating a dance project for young people run by the Wessex Dance Academy. Prior to setting up Justice Studio, Marianne worked for a number of public sector consultancy companies. During this time she led three large scale and long-term evaluations of juvenile detention in the UK for the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. Her first degree was from Oxford University and she has an MA in Youth Justice, Community Safety & Applied Criminology from the University of Middlesex (distinction).

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With financial support from the
Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union

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