Children involved in court proceedings often feel scared, ignored, and ill-informed, as a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows. By asking children across different EU Member States about their experiences and views, this ground-breaking report shows how far we still have to go to make our justice systems child-friendly.
FRA gave a presentation at a technical assistance and information exchange workshop in Podgorica on 26-27 November.
On 13 November, FRA presented the findings of its children and justice report to members of two working groups responsible for drafting laws, one of which is looking at juvenile justice and the other at the transposition of the EU’s Victims’ Directive.
Around 1 in 8 women have experienced sexual violence before they were 15, according to FRA research. Such widespread abuse points to the urgent need to renew efforts to tackle this pervasive problem, as the first-ever European day against child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation on 18 November helps remind us.
Despite access to justice being a core fundamental right, barriers prevent many from exercising this legal right. European Day of Justice on 25 October serves to remind us of the need to improve access to justice and raise awareness of the key role this right plays in itself and in enabling other rights to be claimed.
In the context of its work on children and justice, has FRA published a series of animation films about the rights that children should enjoy when they are involved in judicial proceedings.
On 3 June, FRA and Unicef, in partnership with the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights, hosted an event in Brussels on 'Prioritising access to justice for all children'.
On 21 May, FRA discussed the results from FRA’s recent Child-friendly justice – perspectives and experiences of professionals report in the office of Poland’s Ombudsman for Children.