The study to collect data on children’s involvement in judicial proceedings in the EU has been conducted for Directorate C Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship, of Directorate General Justice of the European Commission. It has been undertaken by a consortium comprising ICF GHK and Milieu under the guidance of a Steering Group including agencies and experts in the area of child-friendly justice. The terms of reference for the study are available here
In broad terms the approach to Phase 1 concerning criminal justice, which began in September 2012 has involved the following steps:
- The preparation of draft national contextual overviews identifying legal and non-legal provisions affecting children in criminal judicial proceedings, based on desk reviews and consultations at Member State level.
- The development of a Masterlist of structural , process and outcome indicators relevant to children's involvement in criminal judicial proceedings.
- The identification of data on children in criminal judicial proceedings available from international organisations.
- The identification of data on children in criminal judicial proceedings available at Member State level.
- The mapping of the available data and assessment of whether it was equivalent to or approximate to the Masterlist indicators or otherwise enabled indicator ‘scores’ to be provided.
- Collection of data from Member States.