Human rights of children deprived of liberty; improving monitoring mechanisms



"Children’s Rights Behind Bars" aims at improving the implementation of international juvenile justice standards to protect the rights and needs of children deprived of their liberty.   Read more

The first phase of the project, CRBB1.0, took place from 2014  to 2016. Its main result was the publication of the Practical Guide to monitor places where children are deprived of liberty. The Guide has now been used as guidelines by many monitoring bodies in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of their monitoring visits.   Read more

The second phase of the project, CRBB2.0, started on 1 January 2017 and is a practical implementation of the achievements of the first phase as well as those of other European projects led by DCI, such as the Twelve project on the participation of children.   Read more

Practical Guide


The project Children's Rights Behind Bars aims at fostering respect for the fundamental rights of children deprived of their liberty. In this perspective, the first European Guide on monitoring places where children are deprived of their liberty has been produced. It is a practical tool with preventive and child right-based approach. 

The Guide is available in French, English and Albanian (electronic versions or hard copies). It will be soon available in Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish.


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Kick-off meeting CRBB 2.0 in Brussels - 22-23 March 2017

IMG 9378The first meeting of the CRBB 2.0 project took place on 22 and 23 March 2017 in Brussels. DCI-Belgium welcomed its partners from Italy, UK and Poland in the Office of the General Delegate for Children's rights for the French-speaking community of Belgium. 14 participants  worked together in order to initiate properly this new phase of the project. A review of the administrative and financial requirements along with presentations and debates around the different activities and objectives of the project enabled the partners to find tunes on the overall implementation of CRBB 2.0.

Final conference


The conference is a unique opportunity for professionals working for and with children in conflict with the law to present their work. The participants will exchange on current challenges, learn new approved and good practices as well as be the first to know about the results of the CRBB 2.0 project.

The participants will range from professionals working in closed institutions for children (educators, directors, teachers, etc.) or in child protection organisations, to members of the civil society, researchers and academics active in the field of children in conflict with the law. In addition, international stakeholders notably from the EU institutions, the Council of Europe or UNICEF will be attending the event.

The conference will be in English.


Registration is now closed as the conference room reached its full capacity.

Main Funder

This project is financed by the European Commission within the framework of the Criminal Justice Programme. For more information, click here


Defence for Children – Belgium is the Belgian section of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Defence for Children International, whose goal is to promote and protect children’s rights at a local, regional, national and global level. 

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Presentation of the Practical Guide

The main outcome of the program Children's Rights Behind Bars was the writing of the Practical Guide. This video presents the Guide and its importance in the monitoring of places where children are deprived of liberty.


The Partners

About the project

"Children's Rights Behind Bars" aims at improving the implementation of international juvenile justice standards to protect the rights and needs of children deprived of their liberty.

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