FRA’s fieldwork findings, based on interviews with professionals and children, show that there is a long way to go to make justice more child-friendly across the European Union (EU). Although all EU Member States have committed themselves to ensuring that children’s best interests are the primary consideration in any action that affects them, their rights to be heard, to be informed, to be protected and to non-discrimination are not always fulfilled in practice. That is why the EU is promoting the Council of Europe’s 2010 Guidelines on child-friendly justice. It aims to help its Member States improve the protection of children in their judicial systems and enhance their meaningful participation, thereby improving the workings of justice.
Videos about FRA work on rights of the child:
- Children and justice: your rights
- Children and justice: your right to be heard
- Children and justice: your right to protection and legal representation
- Children and justice: your right to information
- Children and justice: professionals' perspective and experiences
All videos are available on YouTube and for download in the following languages: BG - DE - EN - ES - ET - FR - HR - PL - RO.