Project TWELVE (article 12)


The project TWELVE is a project which took place between the 1st October 2014 and March 2016. Its objective was to promote a systematic implementation of the article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the juvenile justice system.
According to the article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the child able of discernment is allowed to expresse what he thinks, feel and what he want on all the questions that concern him. He has the right to expresse freely his opinion and that this one is taken into consideration. He particularly has the right to be heard during any criminal and administrative procedures that concern him and to actively participate.
This article is not systematically taken into consideration which does not allow the implementation of a justice system really child-friendly, that cares for the children’s specific needs.


This project has for objective to promote and improve the implementation of the principles of the article 12 of the CRC, as well as those of a child-friendly justice adapted to children’s needs. The main goal is to reinforce the audition competences and participation of the children, the professionals working with the children at all the levels of the procedure (judges, lawyers, social workers, policemen etc.), in penal matters exclusively, in order to reach a better respect of the article 12.


The project was built around three approaches:
• Realization of a study in 3 countries (Italy, Spain and Belgium) in order to assess the needs of the children in conflict with the law and the professionals working with them.
You can find the Belgium report here in French and in English.
• Organisation of seminars and training sessions for the professionals involved in juvenile justice. The goal of these sessions was to develop a program which would lead to a better understanding of the Convention on the Rights of the Child so that the professionals would be able to put in practice the principles of the Convention into their daily work. On this basis, DCI-Belgium has developed training tools and is able to supply trainings to any service or institution interested in that topic.
The writing of a handbook in order to assure a wide European spreading as well as allowing to debate among the professionals involved in juvenile justice. This Handbook was presented during an event which took place in Brussels.

Coordinated by

The coordination of this European Project, co-founded by the EU « Fundamental Rights and Citizenship » program, is assured by DCI-Italy and is run in partnership with DCI-Belgium, DCI-Spain ; ARSIS in Greece, Pulse Foundation in Bulgaria and the University of Tartu in Estonia.

Funded by

Funded by

The Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union