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Protecting Children's Rights in Criminal Justice Systems: A Training Manual and Reference Point for Professionals and Policymakers

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192 pages
This publication provides information and guidance for professionals and policymakers working to protect children's rights in the criminal justice system.
This publication, produced by Penal Reform International, provides guidance and information to policymakers and professionals working to protect the rights of children involved with the criminal justice system. The information in the manual encompasses not only children in conflict with the law, but also those children who are victims or witnesses of a crime and those children who are involved with the criminal justice system for other reasons such as custody issues or protection issues. The manual covers the first two tenets of the justice for children framework developed by international initiatives over the past few years. These two tenets are children in conflict with the law and child victims and witnesses. The 10 chapters of the manual cover the following: 1) Principles of justice for children; 2) Children at risk; 3) Arrest; 4) Diversion; 5) Victims and Witnesses; 6) Trial and Sentencing; 7) Detention; 8) Independent monitoring mechanisms; 9) Reintegration; and 10) Putting justice for children into practice. Each of the 10 chapters follows a proscribed structure: outlining the learning objective; an overview of the relevant essential principles as stated by international and regional guidelines; the application of the principles in practice throughout the justice process; and questions for further discussion, including short case studies to invite debate and dialogue. Training module and references