Ensuring Access to Justice for all Children:
towards non-discriminatory and inclusive child justice systems.
Children in contact with justice systems may be in need of care and protection, may be as victims, witnesses or perpetrators, and are amongst the most vulnerable to having their rights violated: they may face deprivation of liberty that harms their physical and psychological well-being; they may be denied the right to legal representation and fair judicial proceedings; they may experience stigma from their communities that prevents their reintegration and healing, and they might suffer discrimination from the justice systems themselves and throughout the process.
Many children across the globe face multiple forms of discrimination in diverse settings because of their ethnic and/or religious origin, their social status, gender, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, migrant status, or for being victims of trafficking, to name a few. Social exclusion and the lack of access to services and resources are among the effects of discrimination.
In order to challenge this complex situation, the 2021 World Congress is geared towards promoting children’s rights and exchanging practice-oriented strategies to promote equality of treatment between all children and to reduce discrimination towards access to fair justice systems. It will look for the identification of promising practices from all over the world to prevent juvenile crime and propose effective responses to recidivism by supporting rehabilitation and reintegration and propose effective responses to recidivism by supporting inclusive rehabilitation and reintegration programmes.
Our call is for proposals to organise a workshop or contribute a paper to a workshop. This year’s congress is a working event with action-oriented workshops aimed at producing concrete outcomes including roadmaps, plans of action, declarations, recommendations and certificates (only for the training workshops). They will have three levels of meetings each with a clear objective:
- Panel Discussions – diverse and inclusive discussions between a 4 or 5-speaker panel and the audience. Panelists may present publications, research findings, avenues for action etc that touch on any of the Congress themes. The discussion should be interactive and provoke intellectual and critical discussion among/between the panel and participants. The panel debates should be diverse, inclusive and encourage live chat.
- Certified training workshops - Share tools, details of your successful project, ideas or promising practices on justice with children through skills- and capacity-building workshops Help others to benefit from your knowledge and experience so they too can protect and promote equal access to justice for children and young people.
- Working Groups - Hands-on group exercises. Team up with new partners and organisations to tackle specific human rights challenges. Develop concrete calls for action, outcomes and joint initiatives. Work together with registered participants to deliberate and come up with concrete solutions to tackle challenges in ensuring access to justice for children.May include breakout rooms. Development of collaborative documents is encouraged