Alternatives to Custody for Young Offenders Final conference

Final conference – Brussels (Belgium), December, 2014

The aim of the final conference was to present the results of this project, which developed into two principal phases: firstly, the research and study phase led by the IJJO into juvenile justice practices carried out across Europe and secondly, the establishment of a European best practice framework for the “Development of Intensive and Remand Fostering Programmes” for young offenders, and the development of a high level plan for foster and youth justice professionals.

The conference was chaired by Bruce Clark, the policy director of the British organisation CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service). Cédric Foussard, Jana Hainsworth and Jeffrey Coleman presented the project and the links between justice and child protection.

Cédric Foussard and the IJJO consultant Andrea Parosanu presented an IJJO study carried out in 24 countries, as well as a report on the study of juvenile justice practices drawn up thanks to research carried out by different national experts, of which the majority were members of the European Council for Juvenile Justice.

During the conference, four countries presented their policy guidelines governing juvenile justice: Maria Herczog, from the Family Child Youth Association, who described the situation in Hungary; Nelli Petrova-Dimitrova, from the Social Activities and Practices Institute (SAPI) in Bulgaria; Professor Claudius Messner, from the University of Salento law department, who explained the practices put in place in Italy and Roana Roach, a consultant from BAAF in the UK.

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With financial support of the Daphne III Programme of the european Union