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Mardi 17 Septembre 2019

Conférence OIJJ

6th IJJO International Connference

Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders
Developing Intensive and Remand Fostering Programmes

This ambitious European project aims at promoting fostering programmes as an alternative to detention for children waiting for their trial or sentence as well as for those found guilty of offences sufficiently serious to warrant custody. As a matter of fact, fostering is one of the many alternatives to custody quoted by Article 40 of the UNCRC; yet, its use remains exceptional throughout Europe.

Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders aims to promote the wider use of high quality foster care, as an important alternative to custodial and institutional measures for young people in conflict with the law. Good foster care placements prioritise a child’s wellbeing and quality of life, while giving consistent attention to protection, participation, education, and keeping links with families of origin. Furthermore, through its commitment to maximising children’s long-term potential and enabling their diversion from the youth justice system, foster care can provide a powerful and flexible resource for achieving child-friendly justice. To achieve these outcomes for children, foster care programmes will need to be well-resourced, fully meet the new quality standards we propose, and include follow-up support for children when placements end. In responding in this way to meeting children’s best interests, foster care can provide ‘the care, sensitivity, fairness and respect’ recommended by the Council of Europe’s Child-Friendly Justice policy, and be more effective in reducing recidivism rates than punitive or institutional interventions.

Starting in January 2013, the partners, coordinated by BAAF, have carried out an extensive research-based programme of study, and mutual learning, in all 28 EU Member States, devoting special attention to Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy and the United Kingdom. Through desk analyses, study visits and focus groups, they have collected relevant data, considered a wide range of systems and practice, and developed a comprehensive model that also includes a training programme, practical guidance for professionals, and national policy guidelines.

The Final Conference Programme

The Final Conference will take place in Brussels on Tuesday 2 December 2014 from 10.00 to 17.00 at Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, Rue des Tanneurs, 60A

The conference will be held in English.

In the context of the Conference: Presentation and Projection of a short clip on best-practices of fostering

Thanks to the collaboration of Clare Holt, Producer Director, Nice Tree Films

  • 9.30-10.00 Registration and Refreshments
  • 10.00-10.30 Welcome Addresses

Conference Chairman: Bruce Clark

Barbara Hutchinson, Interim Chief Executive, BAAF

Jana Hainsworth, Eurochild Secretary General

Cedric Foussard, Director of International Affairs, International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

  • 10.30-11.30 Overview of the European Research Results

Andrea Parosanu, Lecturer in Criminology, Greifswald University

Jeffrey Coleman, Project Programme Director, BAAF

  • 11.30-11.45 Coffee Break
  • 11.45-12.45 Presentation of Policy Guidelines from Four Partner Countries

Maria Herczog, Member of the UNCRC, Family Child Youth Association, Hungary

Nelli Petrova-Dimitrova, Social Activities and Practices Institute – SAPI, Bulgaria

Prof. Claudius Messner, University of Salento, Department of Law, Italy

Roana Roach, Trainer Consultant, BAAF, UK

  • 12.45-13.45 Lunch Break-Buffet
  • 13.45-14.45 Quality Standards and Training Program for Specialist Fostering for Children in Conflict with the Law

Chris Christophides, Trainer Consultant BAAF : The European training program & Integrated pan-European Quality Standard

Jacqui Lawrence, Fostering Development Consultant BAAF : Operational Guidance: setting up and operating a fostering service for children in conflict with the law.

  • 14.45-15.00 Coffee Break
  • 15.00-16.15 Mutual Learning Gained, Next Steps

small group discussion and feedback from participants to the plenary group Closing remarks by Bruce Clark, Conference Chairman

The Partners

The project, with the financial support of the European Commission through the Daphne Programme, saw the participation of BAAF-UK; Eurochild-Belgium; the International Juvenile Justice Observatory-Belgium; a National Voice -UK; Family Child Youth Association -Hungary; National Network for Children -Bulgaria; Social Activities and Practice Institute -Bulgaria; Università del Salento (Law Department)-Italy.

 

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