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Procedural safeguards of accused or suspected children: improving the implementation of the right to individual assessment (IA-CHILD)

On 1 January 2019, the Lithuanian Law Institute (LIL) as the main project coordinator, together with partners from Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium and Lithuania, started to implement the European Union (EU) funded project “ Procedural safeguards of accused or suspected children: improving the implementation of the right to individual assessment”(IA-CHILD).

The Project aims at exploring the legal regulation and practice regarding the individual assessment of suspected or accused children in criminal procedure (IA) in four EU (project partner) countries and seeks to contribute to a more effective implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/800. Project activity includes a detailed analysis of the current situation regarding individual assessment, identifying best practices and key challenges in individually assessing suspected or accused children.

 

Moments from the IA-CHILD Project Workshop that took place in Vilnius, Lithuania on the 12th and 13th of March, 2020

 

This project will help share experiences, deepen knowledge, and broaden perspectives on various aspects of the individual assessment process. At the end of the project partners will be able to propose to the national legislators and European Commission justified ways of improving the implementation of the Article 7 of the Directive.

The results of the project will be presented through virtual format: e-training material for professionals conducting and using individual assessment, policy makers and academics will be prepared. These e-lessons will improve the existing knowledge about various models of individual assessment in the EU countries, important principles, and the process itself. Virtual training will help establish standards for ensuring the needs of suspected or accused children in criminal proceedings.

The project is funded by the European Commission under the Justice Program. Project duration: 2019 January 1 - 2020 December 31. Together with Law Institute of Lithuania, the project will be also implemented by the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Zagreb (Croatia), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), HFC Hope for Children Policy Center (Cyprus), IAYFJM International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (Belgium) and Children's Rights Ombudsman Institution of the Republic of Lithuania.

Click here to download our book „INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT OF SUSPECTED OR ACCUSED CHILDREN: insights into good practice in the light of the Directive (EU) 2016/800“.

 

Unofficial translation of the Handbook "Individual assessment of suspected or accused children: insights into good practice in the light of the directive (EU) 2016/800" in Greek.

Unofficial translation of the Handbook "Individual assessment of suspected or accused children: insights into good practice in the light of the directive (EU) 2016/800" in Croatian.

 

National reports

Dodig Hundrić, D. Ricijaš, N., Mirosavljević, A., Mandić, S. (University of Zagreb ERF) "National Report of Croatia".

Giagkou, A., Romanidou, N., Eleftheriou, M., Petrou, K. (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) "National Report of Greece".

Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences "National Report of Lithuania".

Mavrou, C. (The Justice and Fundamental Rights Unit) "National Report of Cyprus".

 

 

E-LESSONS

 

 

Vaičiūnienė, R. e-lesson. Challenges and opportunities for individual assessment of accused and suspected children in accordance with the Directive 2016/800.

Povilaitytė, V.  e-lesson. The methods of individual assessment.

Nikartas, S. e-lesson. Individual assessment of children according to the Directive 2016/800 "On procedural guarantees for suspected or accused children in criminal proceedings".

Calder, A. e-lesson. Individual Assessment AssetPlus.

Kivrakidou, A., Melissari, K. e-lesson No. 1 by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Law (Greece).

Melissari, K., Nouskalis, G. e-lesson No. 2 by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Law (Greece).

Nouskalis, G., Allegra, T. e-lesson No. 3 by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Law (Greece).

Mandic, S., Mirosavljevic, A. e-lesson No. 1 by Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb (Croatia).

Mandic, S., Mirosavljevic, A. e-lesson No. 2 by Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb (Croatia).

Mandic, S., Mirosavljevic, A. e-lesson No. 3 by Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb (Croatia).

 

Scientific and other production prepared during the project

Recording of the final conference for the project: "Procedural safeguards of accused or suspected children" (IA-CHILD).

Vaičiūnienė, R. (Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)  "Presentation on findings of the IA CHILD Project".

Rap, S. (Leiden University, the Netherlands) "The right to individual assessment:what does it mean in light of children’s procedural rights and safeguards".

Ručević, S. (University of Osijek, Croatia, Department for Psychology ) "The problem of risk assessment of children: can better prognosis reduce recidivism?".

Andreassen, T. (Norwegian Directorate for children, youth and family affairs) "The use of risk assessment in MultifunC for treatment planning and for placement decisions in general in Norway".

Case, S. (Loughborough University, Head of Social and Policy Studies, Professor of Criminology) "Child First’ assessment".

Rutten, A. (Psychiatrist) "The importance of speaking the language of the (delinquent) juvenile; Psychiatrist’s working at the hospital for forensic child perspective on the IA".

Presentation "IA for juvenile suspects in selected EU countries: legal framework behind individual assessment and in search for the good practise: Netherlands case Presentation of the FOCUS project results" by Dr. Stephanie Elaine Rap  (Department of Child Law, Leiden University Law School) during the international online workshop "Individual assessment of children in criminal proceedings: in search for best practices".

Presentation "Child and adolescent development and individual assessment and Individual assessment in Netherlands: practical challenges" by June De Groot (Defence for Children International the Netherlands) during the international online workshop "Individual assessment of children in criminal proceedings: in search for best practices".

Presentation "Insights from the CREW project on the implementation of the Directive 800/2016 in Italy" by Gabriella Gallizia (Defence for Children International Italia) during the international online workshop "Individual assessment of children in criminal proceedings: in search for best practices".

Calder, A. (IAYFJMAIMJF) "Individual Assessment AssetPlus. England and Wales".

Dodig Hundrić, D. Ricijaš, N., Mirosavljević, A., Mandić, S., Schauperl, L. (University of Zagreb ERF) "Juvenile justice system in croatia. Main strenghts and challenges of using individual assessment".

Giagkou, A., Romanidou N.-E., Eleftheriou, M., Petrou K. (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) "The implementation of individual assessment in Greece from the juvenile probation officers’ perspective".

Lilly, C. (Juvenile Delinquency Office) "Cyprus juvenile justice system".

Mirosavljević, A. (University of Zagreb ERF) "Individual assessment from theory to practice".

Nikartas, S. (Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences) "Implementation of Individual assessment in accordance with Directive 2016800 Legal and practical issues".

Nouskalis, G., Romanidou, N. (Supreme court and Probation Service of Thessaloniki-city) "Presentation of the processaims of individual assessment in Greece".

Pascual, M. (IAYFJM) "Alternative Measures for Children Deprived of Liberty".

Pleysier, S. (Leuven Institute of Criminology) "Juvenile justice in Belgium. Balancing between responsibilisation and rehabilitation".

Ricijaš, N. (University of Zagreb ERF) "Social Pedagogy Study Programs".

Vaičiūnienė, R. (Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences) "Implementation of Individual assessment in accordance with Directive 2016800 Legal and practical issues".

 

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