Improving juvenile justice systems in Europe - Training for professionals

This course provides training to professionals working with children in conflict with the law and is specifically geared towards improving their communication with children. In this course, topics related to children’s legal rights, interviewing techniques, communication, child psychology and pedagogical skills will be touched upon in the various modules.

The course aims to provide information and to give further guidance on the implementation of the provisions of the EU Directive on procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings (2016/800/EU).

This online training course is one of the outputs of the EU funded project “Improving Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe: Training for Professionals” (JUST/2013/FRC/AG), and is based on the manual for professionals "Can anyone hear me? Improving juvenile justice systems in Europe: A manual on how to make European juvenile justice systems child-friendly".

  • From 20th February 2017.
  • 2 hours/module.
  • Online training and interactive forum.
  • Knowledge evaluation and final paper.
  • First edition free of charge.

Contents: 4 modules

MODULE A: International and European standards in juvenile justice

  • A.1 Participation of juveniles in juvenile justice proceedings
  • A.2 Introduction to international standards in juvenile justice
  • A.3 Introduction to European standards in juvenile justice
  • A.4 Juvenile justice and adolescent development

MODULE B: General requirements

  • B.1 Entitlement to specific proceedings
  • B.2 Right to legal or other assistance
  • B.3 The role of parents

MODULE C: Effective participation

  • C.1 Right to information
  • C.2 Right to be heard

MODULE D: Communication skills & Follow-up and support

  • D.1 Setting
  • D.2 Conversational techniques
  • D.3 Language use and explanations
  • D.4 Follow-up and support


To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]



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