The IJJO releases a new manual of good practices regarding alternatives to detention for juvenile offenders

2016 May 20

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory is proud to announce the release of the manual of good practices 'Alternatives to Detention for Juvenile Offenders'. The manual is the fruit of the Juvenile Offenders Detention Alternative in Europe (J.O.D.A) project, led by Istituto Don Calabria (Italy) and carried out in partnership with the IJJO, Kesa-CPE (Estonia), Fundación Diagrama (Spain), Include Youth (Northern Ireland) and Defence for Children (Netherlands). The project began in 2013 and came to a close in April 2016 with the publication of the manual in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

The manual brings together the key learning principles regarding alternatives to detention, and sets out various examples of best practices in Europe. This publication is based on the work of the project partners, including their national reports and other derived products. The publication is also conceived as a support instrument for the online training course ‘Alternatives to Detention for Young Offenders’, which has been coordinated by the IJJO’s International School of Juvenile Justice.

The J.O.D.A. project was set up in order to address the lack of use of alternatives to detention in various European States. Specifically, it aimed to identify and promote good practices in alternatives to the detention measures administered to juvenile offenders, while taking into account two fundamental elements: the need for security coming from society, and the youth’s right to psychosocial intervention and inclusion.

The partners’ aim is that the results of the J.O.D.A. project, and especially this Manual, will lead to a better implementation of Articles 10 and 11 of the new Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Procedural Safeguards for Children Who Are Suspects or Accused Persons in Criminal Proceedings and of Articles 37 and 40 of the UNCRC, through the mainstreaming of good practices relative to non-custodial measures in Europe.

Both the manual and the online course have been introduced to the European Council for Juvenile Justice (ECJJ), an IJJO think tank composed by representatives from the academic, NGO, public administration and judiciary sectors.