We promote child-friendly justice systems, which recognise the right of children to special protection, have a minimum age of criminal responsibility of 12 or higher, abolish status offences and use detention only as a measure of last resort, diverting children away from criminal justice systems wherever possible.
- We advocate for child-friendly justice systems. Such systems prioritise crime prevention; increase the age of criminal responsibility; set up a separate criminal justice system for children with trained staff; abolish status offences; divert children from formal criminal justice systems wherever possible and use detention only as a last resort; focus on reintegration and rehabilitation programmes; and prohibit all forms of violence against children in conflict with the law. See our 10-point plan for fair and effective criminal justice for children.
- We publish research and recommendations for reform, and develop resources for policy-makers, prison authorities, judges, members of inspection committees, prison staff, as well as social and probation workers who work with children in contact with the law.
- We work to prevent and address violence against children in all detention facilities, with a specific focus on police and pre-trial detention.
- We highlight the particular plight of children who have been involved (or their parents have been) with terrorist organisations.
- We promote independent monitoring of places where children are detained.
- We work with partners to pilot rehabilitation and reintegration projects for children to prevent reoffending.
- We provide training to build the capacity and skills of professionals, such as judges, prison staff, social and probation workers who work with children in contact with the law
- We advocate at regional and international forums, such as the UN and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, to highlight the most pressing challenges in implementing international standards on children in conflict with the law. We supported the UN Global Study on children deprived of their liberty.