On 21 June 2023, CEP organized a Workshop on juveniles and young adult offenders in Probation. The workshop was held at the Centre for Legal Studies and Specialized Training in Barcelona. The workshop aimed to increase awareness of the effective and efficient ways of working with juveniles and young adult offenders, which programmes are used to prevent juveniles from being involved with crimes, and support the treatment process, among others. The workshop covered the topic from the perspective of probation and other criminal justice professionals.
The workshop was attended by 35 participants from 10 different EU jurisdictions that came together to understand and discuss the question of how to respond appropriately to the offending of juveniles and young adults.
A World Café session brought together smaller groups of participants to discuss and share knowledge and experiences from different jurisdictions and thus support mutual learning as one of the core skills necessary for further professional development.
The programme of the workshop was divided into two parts. In the first part of the morning, 4 plenary presentations took place.
In the afternoon World Café discussions were organized. The group of participants was divided into 4 small groups and discussed: Risk and needs assessment tools, good practices, challenges when working with juveniles and interagency cooperation.
- Child justice in Europe: current trends and challenges – Mr Cedric Foussard, Coordinator of the Global Initiative on Justice with Children and Advocacy and Global Learning Senior Advisor for Terre des Hommes Foundation, France
- Implementing a gender equality approach aimed at professionals working in the juvenile justice system – the Catalan perspective – Ms Anna Vidal Mena, Psychologist, responsible for gender equality issues at Juvenile Justice Intervention and Programs team, Catalan Justice Department, Catalonia – Spain and Ms Sandra Lopez, Psychologist at Juveniles Justice Educational Centre Can Llupià, Catalan Justice Department, Catalonia – Spain
- Participatory Youth Practice and Co-creation of youth justice services – Professor Hannah Smithson, Criminology and Youth Justice, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
- Youth Supervision – Swedish perspective – Ms Maria Svantesson, Expert at the head office, Swedish Prison and Probation Service, Sweden and Mr Göran Hellstrom, Expert at the head office, Swedish Prison and Probation Service, Sweden