The International association of youth and family judges and magistrates (IAYFJM), Terre des hommes Foundation, and Penal Reform International (PRI) with Child Rights International Network (CRIN), Defence for Children International (DCI), Judicial Training Institute of Belgium (IGO- IFJ) and the Information for All Programme of UNESCO, organized the 2018 World Congress on Justice for Children at the UNESCO House in Paris-France from the 28th to 30th of May 2018.
Under the title “Strengthening justice systems for children: Challenges, including disengagement from violent extremism”, The World Congress addressed three major issues:The global trend towards children’s involvement in violent extremism and possible responses
• The need for more effective ways to reduce juvenile offending and recidivism
• How to improve protection mechanisms for vulnerable children, including early prevention.
A Declaration was also adopted as an outcome to the Congress – a call and commitment for all children’s rights defenders to unite and build on the Conference to bring about true justice for all children everywhere and safeguard children from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
Read the Declaration below