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The way forward: the implementation of the EU Agenda for the rights of the child


The pursuit of the implementation of child-friendly justice in the EU conforms to the core values of the European Union. This article provides an overview of EU activities on child-friendly justice and points to a need to focus on implementation aspects: on the collection of data to underpin, measure and monitor implementation at regular intervals, and on the value and benefits of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation and coordination, including training.

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  5. COPING study Children of prisoners: interventions and mitigations to strengthen mental health, 2013


  7. Human rights indicators: a guide to measurement and implementation, UN, 2012.


  9. All of these documents are referenced in the compilation of EU acquis and policy documents on the rights of the child.


  11. Latest version of the agreed text prior to lawyer linguist revision which is now underway. The final version will be agreed by September, voted on in European Parliament plenary and should be published in the Official Journal in October/November.


  13. OJ L 338/2, 21 December 2011:

  14. OJ L 142/1, 1 June 2012:




  18. In accordance with the 2010 Guidelines on child-friendly justice of the Council of Europe.





  23. The background papers and reports are here:

  24. Commission Recommendation C (2013)778 final of 20 February 2013: Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage.

  25. Council Regulation 2201/2003/EC of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, repealing Regulation 1347/2000/EC (OJ L 338/1, 23 December 2003):

  26. Commission communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions of 19 June 2012 (COM(2012)286 final) on the EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings 2012-2016:

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Correspondence to Margaret Tuite.

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This article is based on a presentation given at the conference Child-friendly justice organised by ERA in cooperation with the Law Society of Northern Ireland on 7–8 March 2013 in Belfast.

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Tuite, M. The way forward: the implementation of the EU Agenda for the rights of the child. ERA Forum 14, 543–556 (2013).

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