This report explores what happens to children when they come to the attention of the criminal justice authorities as a result of alleged involvement with terrorist activity in six European countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany and the Netherlands). It is also based upon input from practitioners in Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Portugal.
It considers if the existing law and policy frameworks are sufficient in terms of their compliance with international and regional standards on justice for children and highlights some promising practices that are currently being used to strengthen criminal justice and protection systems for children.
This publication has been coordinated and published by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory. It is part of the European project ‘Strengthening Juvenile Justice Systems in the counter-terrorism context: Capacity-building and peer learning among stakeholders’, cofunded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020). The contents of it are the sole responsibility of the authors, and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.
It is available in English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch.