• Laurent Beauthier

Webinar: CFJ in migration

Dernière mise à jour : 27 avr. 2020

23 April 2020 at 2PM CET


Strengthening the rights of the child in administrative and judicial procedures related to migration: Implementing the Council of Europe Guidelines on child-friendly justice.

Link to the video of the webinar:


The webinar is part of an advocacy project taking place within the framework of the funding provided by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) and the H&M Foundation to support an advocacy work conducted by the Initiative for Children in Migration. It also brings an additional advocacy dimension to the “Child-Friendly Justice In Action” (CFJ-IA) project funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission and coordinated by Defence for Children International – Belgium and World Service. CFJ-IA started on 1 October 2018 and will end on 30 September 2020. The objectives of the CFJ-IA are to contribute to an adaptation of the judicial system in line with the principles of the child-friendly justice of the Council of Europe and, more specifically, to promote those principles among professionals working with young people in contact with the justice system.

The webinar is based on the results of the CFJ-IA project’s field and desk research conducted in six countries (Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, Greece, France and Belgium) with a particular focus on the situations in Greece, Italy and Belgium. CFJ-IA project aims at assessing the gaps and shortcomings of the judicial system applying to children in migration. It also gathers the voices of accompanied and unaccompanied children seeking asylum in those countries. The CFJ-IA project will end up with a European report and a toolkit for professionals to increase their awareness on child-friendly justice principles.

The webinar is organised thanks to the Childhub platform and brings together three European sections of Defence for Children International (DCI): DCI-Belgium, DCI-Italy and DCI-Greece. Each section will present one national specific issue related to child-friendly justice and the administrative proceedings which migrant children have to deal with when applying for international protection.


This webinar aims at presenting the results of the CFJ-IA project’s field and desk research as well as its main recommendations in Italy, Greece, Belgium and towards the European Union in order to:

· Raise awareness on the shortcomings and gaps in the way administrative justice works towards migrant children;

· Advocate for the global adaptation of administrative justice procedures dealing with migrant children, taking into account the principles of the child-friendly justice based on the Guidelines of the Council of Europe.


1. Introduction on the child-friendly justice principles of the Council of Europe applied to administrative justice proceedings involving migrant children (accompanied or unaccompanied). - 10 minutes

2. Presentations on three thematic and country-specific (Italy, Greece and Belgium) focuses during which will be described the problematic and highlighted the recommendations along with the inspiring practices. - 3 x 10 minutes

3. A focus on reforms currently discussed within the EU and advocacy opportunities. - 10 minutes

4. Questions and answers session. - 10 minutes

Targeted audience:

- NGO workers (children’s rights and migration NGOs mostly): in order to enrich their knowledge on child-friendly justices in administrative justice proceedings related to migration and in order to encourage them to include in their advocacy priorities child-friendly justice principles.

- EU and EU member States authorities and members of institutions working in the field of migration.


- Julia Pamias, European project and researcher officer, DCI-Italy

- Iris Pappa, Head of Children’s Rights Helpdesk, DCI-Greece

- Eva Gangneux, Advocacy officer, DCI-Belgium

- Laurent Beauthier, Project manager, DCI-Belgium

- Missing Children Europe (TBC)

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