Assessing the Risk of Isolation of Sentenced and Accused: Enhancing the Capacity of Correctional Services to Work with Convicted Children


01/11/2022 – 30/04/2025 (30 months)

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Fostering capacity-building of European correctional services’ staff in their work with convicted children

Children convicted of a crime rarely receive custodial sentences and are usually sentenced to probation or other similar non-custodial judgements. Simultaneously, for various reasons, children require different specific treatment and measures when serving a judicial sentence. This is particularly true for disadvantaged children, namely from minority groups, with learning difficulties, suffering from disabilities or experiencing family problems.

 In many countries, however, the implementation of probation for children does not differ much from that for adults. Accordingly, there are often no specific programmes, measures, or other mechanisms that consider the characteristics of this group.

ARISA Child intends to tackle these issues by increasing the knowledge of the staff of correctional services on how to work with convicted children, respect their rights and address their particular needs. This will be achieved by developing and providing training to prison and probation services and capacity-building activities tailored to staff’s needs. 


  • Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Portugal


  • European Commission Justice Programme (JUST-2022-JTRA)


Assess the specific training needs of prison and probation services concerning their work with convicted children, in close proximity with front-line personnel and administrative staff. 

Promote cross-country experience-sharing and exchange of best and promising practices in respecting children's rights when implementing criminal sentences against them, in order to facilitate their personal development.

Provide correctional services with a state-of-the-art online training course on child-friendly execution of penal sanctions.

Expected outcomes

Improved knowledge of prison and probation staff on how to treat convicted children, respect their rights and address their special needs.

Enable prison and probation staff to learn from the experience of others, transfer working practices and measures into their own settings and promote effective models among peers /countries.

Offer decision makers with evidence on how to improve national strategies on the training of correctional services concerning the execution of judicial sentences involving children.

An increased understanding, by the correctional services staff, on how to treat all convicted children equally and prevent discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion and other.

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