Our approach is grounded on rights and principles enshrined in international standards. They are precious resources for our projects and our aim is to promote them: make them known and applied.
Here is a list of useful resources that inspire our daily work
The Council of Europe has created various standards and guidelines in the field of child friendly justice. These standards aim at improving the justice system and adapting it to the specific needs of children. The most extensive set of standards on child-friendly justice are contained in the report Child-friendly juvenile justice: from rhetoric to reality and the Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on child-friendly justice. The guidelines are a practical tool based on existing international and European standards which governments are encouraged to use as a basis for their law reform in the area of child friendly justice.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. To guide and encourage the implementation of the rights enshrined in the CRC, the Committee on the Right of the child, published General Comments. Some of them are particularly relevant to guide our work:
General Comments 14 on the best interest of the child
General Comment 12 on the right to be heard,
General Comment 10 on Juvenile justice,
Gerenal Comment 6 on Unaccompanied children)
(n°24 on Juvenile Justice is coming soon !)
The European Union adopted a series of directives that protect children and impose safeguards in the field of juvenile justice:
The European Union is also active in conducting researches, encouraging changes in practice and the application of these directives through the Fundamental Rights Agency, which has developed many tools in this field.