„JudEx+: Towards a child-friendly justice in cases of sexual violence against children“ - Newsletter 3

Judex+ Training Programme

JudEx+ training programme will be offered locally in each of the Partner countries between March and May 2017. The local training events will be an occasion for professionals to exchange practice and knowledge with other practitioners, and to approach the topic of child-friendly justice in cases of sexual violence against children from a multidisciplinary approach. Fifty professionals from law enforcement, healthcare, education and other sectors who work with children victims or at risk will be invited to take part in the local event. All partners will be implementing the training bewteen April and May.


"Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center will organise the Cyprus training event in Nicosia on May 25-26, 2017 for the first series of training and on May 30-31, 2017 for the second series of training. For more information, you can contact Aliki Varella - via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone: +35722103234.

CESIE will organise the Italy training event in Palermo between April and May 2017. For more information, you can contact Noemi De Luca – via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone: +390916164224.

The other partners dates in Bulgaria, Slovenia and Sweden are still to be finalized.

JudEx+ Training Manual

The institutions collaborating through the EU-funded project JudEx+ have been developing a curriculum for the training course for practitioners, and have met between October 12th and 14th in Brighton to fine-tune the curriculum and its contents, with the aim of making it as relevant as possible for all professionals involved, in one way or another, in judicial proceedings focusing on sexual violence against children.

JudEx+ has collected real life experiences of judicial proceedings from practitioners and from the victims themselves, focusing on the issues identified by the very same professionals and victims through focus groups and interviews, and building on the good practices collected in Cyprus, Sweden, the UK, Italy, Slovenia and Bulgaria. The training programme draws on the experience and learning acquired by the partnership through the direct involvement of those same professionals targeted by the programme.

JudEx+ Training Programme

Are you aware of the messages that you convey to children through your body language? How do you support children to open up to you as a professional and share their traumatic event? What can you do as a practitioner to ensure that children’s voices are heard in court? JudEx+ training programme seeks to encourage self-reflection for all those professionals whose work encompasses or focuses on supporting children victims of sexual violence. You may be a social welfare officer, a doctor in a local hospital, a lawyer, perhaps a judge or a teacher? Have you ever had to deal with a case of sexual violence against children and wondered what else could be done to make the post-violence experience more manageable for them? You may also be curious about how such cases are addressed in other countries of the European Union where the Lanzarote Convention is in place or has just been ratified.

JudEx+ training programme for professionals will support you in sharing reflection with other practitioners, from your field or others, approaching the issue from a multidisciplinary viewpoint, and offering insights from 6 European countries.

Country Reports

Country reports were produced based on the outcomes from the desk-research, interviews, and focus group on children participation on judicial procceedings and they were conducted in Cyprus, Bulgaria, Italy, Slovenia and Sweden. For further information on the country reports follow the link: Country Reports


What's next?

The training programme will be piloted with a group of practitioners in Linköping, Sweden, where the JudEx+ Partnership will meet again in March 2017. The finalised training programme will be then implemented with 50 professionals in each of the project countries.

JudEx+: Towards a child-friendly justice in cases of sexual violence against children has been funded by the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Programme of the European Union. The authors are solely responsible for the contents of this report. It does not represent the opinion of the EU and nor is the EU responsible for any use that might be made of information contained in it.


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