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Child-friendly justice

Child-friendly justice

Perspectives and experiences of children involved in judicial proceedings as victims, witnesses or parties in nine EU Member States.

FRA, February 2017, 128 pages


Around 2.5 million children participate in judicial proceedings across the European Union (EU) every year, affected by parental divorce or as victims of, or witnesses to, crime. Although their effective participation in such proceedings is vital for improving the operation of justice, the treatment of children in justice systems remains a concern. FRA investigated to what extent children’s rights to be heard, to be informed, to be protected, and to non-discrimination are fulfilled in practice.