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2021 / 04 / 25

We invite you to the upcoming international workshop focusing on best individual assessment practices

Each year more than one million minors in the European Union face criminal proceedings within and across national borders. Even though in recent decades juvenile justice issues have increasingly been on the agendas of international institutions and organizations – still, thirty years after the introduction of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, safeguarding children’s rights in daily practice remains a challenge. Moreover, there is a noticeable absence of consistent practice of individual assessment ruled by the Directive.

The EU co-funded project “Procedural safeguards of accused or suspected children: improving the implementation of the right to individual assessment”(IA-CHILD) team aims to bring more clarity to the matters of individual assessment in the professional community by organising an international online seminar “Individual assessment of children in criminal proceedings: in search for best practices”. The team consisting of partners from Lithuania (Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences), Croatia (the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Zagreb), Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and Cyprus (HFC Hope for Children Policy Center) kindly invite individual assessment practitioners, national and international policy makers, researchers, academics and others to participate in the interactive workshop on the 3rd of May 2021, 10:00-15:55 CEST.

The event will focus on the good practices of individual assessment in the Netherlands as well as topics related to cooperation of experts doing and using the individual assessment of suspected or accused children in criminal procedure. The event will include expert presentations regarding national experiences and initiatives implementing individual assessment, the presentations will be followed interactive coffee breaks and a final discussion.

The seminar will feature such prominent speakers as dr. Stephanie Rap of Leiden University Law School, June De Groot of Defence for Children International the Netherlands, and Gabriella Gallizia of Defence for Children International Italia.

The workshop will be held remotely through an interactive online platform provided by the Child Protection Hub for South East Europe. Certificates of attendance will be issued upon request of participants who attended the whole event.

Full agenda is available here.

For registration and more information about the event please refer here.

The participation in the event is free, however, registration is required. If you are not already a member of the Child Hub Platform, please create an account (free) to join the event: https://bit.ly/39r1luJ.

It should be noted that the workshop, taking place on the 3rd of May 2021 is a practical event, whereas the the upcoming final conference for the IA-CHILD project to be held remotely on the 30th of June will aim to bring together the community of researchers and practitioners and conduct a discussion on the main topics of individual assessment. The results of the project and the Handbook on individual assessment will be presented as well. Be sure to keep up with the news on upcoming events through Child Hub or the IA-CHILD project Facebook page.