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Guidelines on Legal Aid for Children

Guidelines for child-friendly legal aid for children in conflict with the law – Recommendations and inspiring practices aimed at legal aid providers and policy makers. 

Whether they are suspected, accused or condemned for an offence, children’s rights can be undermined. It is therefore fundamental that they should have access to child-friendly legal aid. Its existence and availability depends not only on legal aid providers, but also on authorities and policy makers.


The present Guidelines aim to make accessible international standards, recommendations and inspiring practices to support the action of all professionals having an impact on legal aid for children in conflict with the law across Europe.



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Guide for minors who are suspected, accused or convicted of an offence

Entering the justice system can be a difficult and disconcerting experience, especially when you are a minor. Most of the lawyers interviewed for the LA Child project noted that children do not know their rights or where to turn if they need help.


This guide for minors “Know your Rights” is therefore intended to help and guide these young people. In addition to recalling the general rights of children, it explains more specifically who the lawyer is and what role he/she has, how the procedure works, and which persons/services he/she will meet during his/her judicial journey.


The English version of this document is a blank template for all professionals and associations who would like to adapt this guide to their national context. We therefore invite all those interested to consult and download the  “Step by step Manual” which will show you all the steps to create your guide!


The French , Dutch, Lithuanian and Albanian versions are examples of how to adapt the guide to national contexts and procedures. They can either inspire you or you can download them directly to print them if you are a professional working in Belgium, Lithuania or Albania.



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Interviewing children in conflict with the law – Working protocol for lawyers in Albania and abroad

The study conducted within the framework of the “LA CHILD” project highlighted important shortcomings of legal system in many countries. The results of the interviewing process with legal professionals in Albania revealed that defence lawyers are not specialized in child friendly communication and have limited access to relevant literature.  This working protocol is tailored to Albanian legal professionals’ needs and provides more details on the interviewing process, effective techniques to motivate the child to talk as well as practical tips to overcome obstacles to an effective communication. It is a helpful tool for Albanian and European defence lawyers for employing a child friendly approach with children in conflict with the law. 


Click here or on the icon below to read the document in English, and here for the Albanian version.


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