There are thousands of juvenile offenders every year. They require different treatment
and measures adapted to their needs and children’s rights.

Our goal is to increase the knowledge of the staff of correctional services on how to work with convicted children,
respect their rights and address their special needs.

Juvenile offenders

In many Member States, there are no specific programmes, measures, or other mechanisms that consider the specific needs of juvenile offenders. Unlike adults, children require different treatment when serving their sentence because of their age, early stage of personal development.


There is a general lack of training tailored to the needs of corrections officers which to enhance their capacity to work with juveniles in respect to the principles of child-friendly justice and children’s rights.

Good practices

Good practices of prison and probation staff working with children do exist. They need to be identified, exchanged and disseminated across the EU.