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Reforming Youth Corrections

Comparative report assessing the training needs of prison and probation staff working with convicted children

The present report comparatively examines the child justice systems of 10 EU member states – Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. The report critically assesses national approaches, aiming to identify common deficiencies in training. By highlighting the perspectives and needs of professionals engaged in youth corrections, the study enriches our understanding of their crucial role in the justice system. The research findings serve as a key resource for developing an innovative learning programme that seeks to enhance the competencies of professionals working with children in conflict with the law. The ultimate objective is to empower the staff with the capabilities to provide specialised care and support, aligning with children’s developmental needs and reducing the likelihood of reoffending.

Based on the findings of the comparative study recommendations were formulated that intended to guide policy-makers on how to improve the training opportunities for this group of professionals and to better ensure that they possess the essential skills and knowledge required for their crucial role in dealing with convicted children. The recommendations are available in English, Bulgarian, Greek, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

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