This Practical Guide aims to disseminate the knowledge and promising practices that have been gathered in the “Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims” project, by framing them with the legal safeguards and rights provided for children – specifically for children who enter in contact with justice, as victims and as offenders – and envisages to make a restorative process safe and child-friendly.
Being aimed at professionals of the juvenile justice systems (youth and health workers, police, lawyers, magistrates, probation officers, educators and other professionals working with child victims and child offenders), and at policy makers, the Guide will show in detail how three successful practice models of juvenile restorative justice have actually been implemented, which steps have been followed – from the legislative reforms to the evaluation of the process at local level – and how they practically address the needs of young people.
- PART I: CHILDREN AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE Introduction
- Children in the justice system
- International and European standards and safeguards for children and restorative justice
- PART II: PROMISING PRACTICES ON IMPLEMENTING RESTORATIVE JUSTICE WITH CHILDREN Introduction
- Overview of restorative justice practices
- Victim-Offender Mediation in juvenile justice in Belgium
- Youth Justice Conferencing in Northern Ireland
- Victim-Offender Mediation in Finland
- PART III: CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- About children’s involvement in restorative justice practices
- About developing and implementing pilot projects on RJ with children and youth