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Toolkit on Diversion and Alternatives to Detention

Child Rights, Rights-based Approach and Child Protection

'Learn more about a child rights-based approach'[Word 435kb]
Resource created for this toolkit.

'UNICEF Child Protection Strategy', June 2008 [Pdf 125kb]
Full text of the strategy which should be used to guide programming for child protection.

'The Protective Environment: Development Support for Child Protection', Karin Landgren, Human Rights Quarterly, 2005 [Pdf 239kb]
Original paper on which the UNICEF Global Strategy is based. Karin Landgren was then UNICEF Chief of Child Protection.

UNICEF - 'Progress for Children: A Report Card on Child Protection', Number 8, September 2009 [991kb]
Includes a global overview of children in justice systems (with a focus on detention) as well as regional overviews and a 'call to action' regarding 'building a protective environment'.

UNICEF - 'Supporting the Realization of Children’s Rights Through a Rights-Based Approach to Legislative Reform', Programming Guidance Paper Series, Division of Policy and Planning, Working Paper, January 2007 [Pdf 923kb]
Guidance document providing tools and information to facilitate the work of UNICEF regional and country offices in the area of legislative reform. Includes, amongst other things: CRC implementation checklists for legislative reform in UNICEF priority areas (including child protection); sample legislative process flowchart; sample legislative reform evaluation matrix.

'Gaining Respect: The voices of children in conflict with the law - A contribution to the UN Study on Violence against Children from the International Save the Children Alliance', Save the Children 2006 [Pdf 411kb]
Report of a study exploring the opinions of groups of children who are at risk of, have been, or are in conflict with the law, and recording their recommendations for developing better and more effective justice systems and approaches to children who come into conflict with the law. Includes feedback from children in Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Honduras, the Philippines, Tajikistan and Uganda. Includes findings and recommendations relevant to diversion and alternatives.

'Innocenti Insight: The Evolving Capacities of the Child', Gerison Lansdown, Save the Children & UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2005 [Pdf 468kb]
Key document outlining how to understand and apply the concept of the 'evolving capacities' of the child. Includes, amongst other things, a section on 'developing legal frameworks'.



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