ITALY: Supporting professionals in Europe on Child-Friendly Justice, The JudEx+ programme

ITALY: Supporting professionals in Europe on Child-Friendly Justice,

The JudEx+ programme

CESIE, in Italy, was the first partner to implement the programme (between May 16th and 19th, 2017) with multidisciplinary groups of participants. Approximately 60 professionals have been trained by the Italian organisation, which has received a highly positive feedback by the participants.

This programme promotes child-friendly judicial proceedings encouraging professionals to be informed and take into consideration the rights and needs of children, in line with national and international instruments such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (Lanzarote Convention).

As a learning tool, the programme aims at:

a) Increasing the participants’ awareness of children’s rights and child-friendly justice;

b) Improve the capacity of participants to communicate with children in judicial proceedings, thus minimising trauma and contributing to child-friendly proceedings.

c) Encourage sustainable networking and knowledge exchange between professionals working with the child at different stages of judicial proceedings.

“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is delivering two training events (May 25th/26th and 30th/31st, 2017) in Nicosia to support professionals on child-friendly proceedings in cases of sexual violence against children.

 JudEx+: Professional capacity development programme on child-friendly communication in judicial proceedings in cases of sexual violence against children is an outcome of a transnational project coordinated by “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center in collaboration with partner organisations from Cyprus and five other EU countries (Frederick University, CY; Know & Can Association, BG; CESIE, IT; University of Primorska/Science & Research Center Koper, SI; Folkuniversitetet, SE; and Rinova, UK.