Wednesday, 17 November 2010
New Guidelines For Child Friendly Justice
“The justice system cannot be blind to the fact that children have specific needs and rights,” said the organisation’s Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio.
“When children are involved in judicial proceedings, the scales of justice can only be balanced if the children’s best interest is preserved and if they are given a proper chance to understand what is at stake and participate in the decisions concerning them.
“Protecting and promoting children’s rights has been and will continue to be a priority for the Council of Europe. Our message is simple: children’s rights must be guaranteed, and this cannot be the case if justice is denied to children.
More than 3,700 children from 25 countries were involved in drawing up the guidelines. Their comments helped to shape provisions on the right to be heard and to receive information, to enjoy independent representation, as well as the right to access independent and effective complaints mechanisms.
Building A Europe For And With Children