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2018 World Congress on Justice for Children

Terre des hommes co-organised the 2018 World Congress on Justice for Children: “Strengthening Justice Systems for Children: Challenges, including disengagement from violent extremism”, which will be held at the UNESCO House in Paris, France from 28th to 30th May 2018.

In recent years, children falling into the trap of extreme violence have become an increasing cause for concern globally. The way child suspects are treated also need to be considered in relation to the particular impact it may have on them. These challenges affecting children have led a consortium of six international organisations to organise this World Congress on Justice for Children in Paris from 28th to 30th May 2018.

The objectives of the Congress

Bringing together justice professionals from all over the world, the 2018 World Congress on Justice for Children tackled crucial issues and sensitised various professionals that children should have a voice in juvenile and family justice processes and in the prevention of offending and violent extremism. It reviewed progress in making the rights of children globally effective and identified approaches to prevent violence. It also looked at recent research suggesting that the participation of children in judicial proceedings is a key to steering them away from extremism and recidivism as well as protecting them from harm. There is the need for youth and family justice systems to be adapted to dealing with children who have particular vulnerabilities due to the context in which they grew up.

Over the three days, speakers presented strategies and experiences to strengthen juvenile and family justice systems around the world, by proposing concrete and promising practices concerning child protection, youth crime prevention, diversion and alternative programmes to detention, after-care and reintegration.

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The event was implemented by a consortium of international organisations composed of Terre des hommes, the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (IAYFJM), Penal Reform International (PRI), Child Rights International Network (CRIN), Defence for Children International (DCI) and the Judicial Training Institute of Belgium (IGO- IFJ).



“Children and young people are often spoken about as ‘the future’, as the ‘voices of tomorrow’. We disagree. We think that we are the voices of today, we are the voices of now."

Young and in contact with justice systems, they took part in the World Congress on Justice for Children.