European Project "TWELVE"

According to the article 12 of the Convention on the Right of the Child (CDC), the child that has analytical abilities is allowed to express what he thinks, what he feels and what he wants on all the question that concern him. He is allowed to freely express his opinion and the right that his opinion is taken into consideration. He particularly has the right to be heard in all the criminal and administrative proceedings that concern him and to actively participate.

The project Twelve’s goal is to promote and improve the implementation of the principle 12 of the CDC as well as that of a justice adapted to children. The main goal is to reinforce and standardise the audition and participation skills of the children, the professionals who worl with children at different stages of the criminal proceedings (judges, lawyers, magistrate, educators, social workers, policemen etc.) in penal maters (protectional) exclusively, so that the article 12 is better respected.

The coordination of this European project ,co- financed by the « Fundamental Rights and citizenship funding Program of the European Union », is carried by DCI- Italy and is realised in partnership with DCI-Belgium, DEI-Spain, ARSIS Greece, Pulse Foundation in Bulgaria and the university of Tartu in Estonia.

Concretely, the project Twelve, which started in October 2014, is made of Three phases, taking place during 18 to 24 months. In a first part, it is about writing a report about children’s and professional’s needs in mater of children audition and participation in the procedures that concern them in three countries: Italy, Spain and Belgium. Then, DCI-Italy will elaborate a multi discipline training tool based on the observations of the national researches. In this frame, pilot training are organised in 6 partner countries, and toward professional concerned with the subject, with the objective of improving this tool by introducing the results of the trainings. To finish, a large diffusion of this tool (which will be translated in seven languages) is planned at a European level and will lead to a final seminar of presentation

The following report explains the situation in Belgium, and particularly in the French speaking community, concerning the juvenile justice and their right to participate. It states that the regulation and the existing practices and summarise the positive but also the weaknesses of the Belgium system. This report is available in French and English.

Download the report in French

Download the report in English here

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