Child justice


Marie is currently in the process of developing a web-based UNICEF Toolkit on Diversion and Alternatives to Detention. In November 2009 she will be presenting a paper at the First World Congress on Restorative Juvenile Justice (Lima, Peru) on the need for quality research, documentation and statistics as evidence for advocacy and programming. In 2007 Marie oversaw the design and content of the official UN/INGO Interagency Juvenile Justice Panel website. In the same year, under the auspices of Terre des hommes, she also conducted (in French) a 5-day training programme for social workers in Mauritania on listening to children, basic child development and psychology, collaboration with the police and the role of the social worker at every stage of the child justice system. In 2006 she helped facilitate a 10-day ‘capitalisation workshop’ on child justice for Terre des hommes' international associates (in French). Whilst at CSC, she initiated, designed and implemented a 2-year research and advocacy project with local partners in 6 countries, edited 6 country reports, convened an international workshop and researched and authored an international publication on child justice and children in street situations. In addition, she designed (with Elanor from CREATE) and implemented an 8-month project to evaluate the effectiveness of police training in relation to children in street situations. This involved conducting participatory evaluations of projects in Bangladesh and Ethiopia and, in association with Savina from CREATE, analysing and compiling data from 47 countries and writing a publication of international lessons learned and a model police training manual. The police training manual has since been translated into Spanish and Arabic. She has given presentations on child justice at various UN, government, academic and NGO fora in Austria, Belgium, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Senegal, Switzerland, Spain and the UK.


Elanor has supported projects working on child justice issues for over 8 years in ChildHope, involving facilitating project development, providing technical assistance and undertaking monitoring and evaluations of child justice projects. She has been involved in developing, monitoring and evaluating ChildHope’s project with Aparajeyo Bangladesh on children in conflict with the law. She has also worked with Cini Asha in India developing work on police training on child rights and gender and improved child protection practice. She worked with Marie to develop the framework for the evaluation of police training projects in Ethiopia and Bangladesh and contributed to the writing of the CSC Police Training on Child Rights and Child Protection, Lessons Learned and Manual. She has also advised Cini Asha on their Child Rights Police Training Manual. She has facilitated learning exchanges between organisations in the UK working with children in contact with the law and ChildHope’s partner in Brazil.


Savina worked with Marie & Elanor (CREATE) on the elaboration of the Police Training on Child Rights & Child Protection: Lessons Learned & Manual whilst at the Consortium for Street Children. On the ground, both in Africa and Europe, she has been in contact with the child justice system on numerous occasions, most often in relation to individual children. As part of her Master’s course (Executive Master in Children’s Rights) she also had the chance to spend an entire module reflecting and discussing in more depth the different models and practices of intervention within child justice systems.