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“Too often children in criminal proceedings are perceived and treated as young adults, not as children. This goes against the grain of EU and international law which clearly stipulate children’s rights,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “EU governments should use this report to identify gaps, potential remedies and existing solutions. This will help ensure that children’s rights are effectively upheld in practice.”
The ‘Safeguards for children in criminal proceedings’ report looks at how national laws and practices protect children who are suspects or accused. It compares this to the provisions set out under EU law and identifies challenges that need addressing:
The findings provide evidence-based advice to help EU and national policymakers and practitioners assess how EU rules are being applied and where gaps exist.
As one child in Germany told FRA: “I really hope that the next time they really care for someone, no matter where he or she is from or what colour their skin has.”
The research involved interviews with children and professionals in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Malta, Poland and Portugal.
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