Children’s Rights Behind Bars
A participation project that is empowering children to use their rights to improve their experiences
The Howard League is working on an international project called Children’s Rights Behind Bars. The participation project, co-funded by the European Union, aims to improve detention conditions for children and enhance the legal protections for children deprived of their liberty.
The Howard League helped to produce the first European practical guide dedicated to the monitoring of places where children are deprived of liberty. The second Children’s Rights Behind Bars project builds on this work to ensure that children’s rights are enshrined in policy and practice.
As part of this project, the Howard League will build on our legal work with children in prison. The Children’s Rights Behind Bars project will work with children in custody, listen to their views and experiences and empower them to use the rights under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child to improve their experiences and life chances. We will also work with professionals across the youth justice system to ensure that children leaving prison are given appropriate support and that their views are listened to and taken into account.
The two-year project will culminate in a European conference and a handbook which will include examples of good practice in children’s participation. Our European partners are DCI Belgium, DCI Italy and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.