Resources listing

Briefing

Policing of Children and Young People: A Case for “Child-Friendly Police”

Children and young people come into contact with the police for a variety of reasons such as when they commit offences, witness crimes or as victims of crimes. Children’s developing emotional and psychological maturity puts them at increased risk of exploitation during police contact and within the justice system. This paper considers the relationship between […]

Languages: English

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Brain science and how it affects children accused of crimes

Did you know that 30% of children deprived of liberty have experienced a brain injury at some point in their life? Children in criminal justice systems are more likely to suffer from neuro-disabilities. Specialists insist that if they receive the support they need early on, then they will be less likely to come into conflict […]

Languages: English

Briefing

Covid-19 and the Rights of Children of Parents who are Incarcerated: Impacts and Recommendations

This jointly published briefing addresses the unique situation of children who have a parent(s) in prison, or may be living in prison with their mother during the coronavirus pandemic. These children already face a range of specific rights considerations, many of which have been exacerbated by the global pandemic. This briefing provides both impacts and […]

Languages: English

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Children and violent extremism: international standards and responses from criminal justice systems

This briefing gives an overview of what the international and regional standards say regarding the care and treatment of children who are suspected, or convicted, of violent extremist related offences. It also looks at some examples of state responses and civil society interventions. It touches upon issues of preventing children’s involvement in violent extremism but […]

Languages: English

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Why criminal justice reform is essential to the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs)

In September 2015, the international community agreed a new set of development goals, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The number of people behind bars, whether on remand or serving sentences, has increased in most countries over the last 20 years, placing an enormous financial burden on governments and at great cost to the social cohesion of societies. […]

Languages: English

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Positive behaviour management and children in detention

This briefing looks at the international standards regarding disciplinary measures for children in detention and their use in different settings. It also examines the current law and policy regarding disciplinary measures in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and makes recommendations to bring these into line with international standards and good practice. This paper emerged from a three‑year […]

Languages: English

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Analysis of legislation on prevention of violence against children in Central Asia

(Анализ законодательства по предотвращению насилия против детей в Центральной Азии) This Factsheet outlines current safeguards in the legislation of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for the prevention of violence against children in detention, identifies gaps and makes recommendations for improvement. This paper has been produced under the project Humanisation of the criminal justice systems of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through establishing […]

Languages: English, Russian

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The use and practice of imprisonment: current trends and future challenges

Updated May 2014! First presented in April 2013 to the 22nd Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna and updated for the Crime Commission in May 2014, this discussion paper The Use and Practice of Imprisonment: Current Trends and Future Challenges looks at current trends in prison populations, the use of new […]

Languages: English