The European Commission has published a new Report on Children’s Involvement in criminal proceedings in the 28 Member States

2014 Sep 23

On the 6th of June 2014, the European Commission released a new report on children's involvement in criminal judicial proceedings. This report presents the main findings of the 28 contextual overviews produced and information collected in the phase of the “study to collect data on children’s involvement in criminal judicial proceedings in the role of suspects/offenders, victims and witnesses”.

The promotion and protection of the rights of the child is one of the objectives of the EU on which the Treaty of Lisbon has put further emphasis. This report is part of the study ‘to collect data on children’s involvement in judicial proceedings in the EU’ which supports the implementation of the Commission Communication of 15 February 2011 ‘An EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child’, that identified the lack of reliable, comparable and official data on the situation of children in the Member States (MS).

The IJJO was heavily involved in the study, forming part of the Steering committee.

The study constitutes a central feature of the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child. The Commission is also gathering data on the involvement of children in civil and administrative justice, a move which the IJJO supports.

To read a Summary of contextual overviews on children's involvement in criminal judicial proceedings in the 28 Member States of the European Union: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=DS0313659