Based in London, we work in the UK and internationally in a range of social justice sectors
Drafting a Child Act which takes into account existing Somaliland legislation and customary law, as well as sharia law, international and regional conventions and instruments such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), the ILO convention 182 and its optional protocols.
Presentation to the Council of Europe Children’s Rights Taskforce of the European Council of Juvenile Justice’s white paper Save money, protect society, and realise youth potential: Improving youth justice systems during a time of economic crisis.
Evaluated the impact of child right’s training on civil and criminal court judges by UNICEF in Uzbekistan over a 6 month period.
Conducting a multi-country evaluation of the impact of juvenile justice system reforms in eleven countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Tajikistan and Ukraine.
Devised and delivered a training course to the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) on a prison monitoring collation tool.
Developed by-laws on the roles and responsibilities of correctional officers working with children in detention, devised a methodology for work with children deprived of liberty from admission to release based on international standards, and delivered training to police officers on how to work with children in conflict and contact with the law.
Carried out an analytical study of community and professionals’ attitudes towards the use of alternatives to detention for children in conflict with the law. Outlined recommendations to the Government of Afghanistan on increasing the use of alternatives to detention and the potential for existing community resources to support them.
Managed and strategically assisted the implementation of the cross government agreement on children in contact with the law, monitoring the implementation of a legal aid project for children and advocated for justice for children to be included in governmental strategic planning and programmes.
Consulted with government stakeholders and international NGOs to design and establish a process for diverting children away from the criminal justice system in Afghanistan. Finalised the diversion policy and guidance in preparation for roll-out across the country and embedding into the planned Afghanistan Child Act.
Evaluated the AUD 35.7million Children of Uruzgan programme which focused on increasing access and use of maternal and child health services including the treatment of acute malnutrition, and increasing access to basic education services for children. The evaluation was conducted according to do-no-harm principles and leading ethical guidelines and used a results orientated evaluation methodology which looked at outputs, outcomes, effectiveness, sustainability, and equity. We applied a mixed methods approach and in total, 328 respondents participated in the research. Of these, 115 (35%) of the respondents were women and girls.
Evaluated a programme aimed at improving governance and security among communities in Somalia. We carried out a household survey of 562 households in 15 villages in Dollow, Somalia. Interviews and focus groups were carried out with elders, women, youth, and people in receipt of special grants due to their special needs.
Provided oversight and guidance on the up-scaling of Turkey’s case-management programme for children in detention. Identified conditional release requirements for Turkish institutions and equipped key decision makers with the information and tools necessary to enable the appropriate use of conditional release through an assessment of best practice in 27 EU member states and study visits to the UK and Spain.
Delivered a practical workshop on auditing pre-trial detention facilities to police, prosecutors, officers who work in detention facilities, party officials and university lecturers in Wuhan, China.
Designed and led research on girls living on the streets, in detention, and being sexually exploited. Critically assessed the treatment and detention of girls against the United Nations (UN) ‘Havana Rules’), ‘The Beijing Rules’, and the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders ‘The Bangkok rules’.
Leading the safeguarding component of this three year £1.82 million project reviewing DFID Uganda’s portfolio. Our safeguarding component conceptualises safeguarding at five interconnecting levels: 1) safeguarding governance, 2) safeguarding the organisations’ staff, 3) safeguarding programme beneficiaries, 4) safeguarding the surrounding communities, and 5) safeguarding the environment. We carried out a comprehensive mapping of legal, statutory and safeguarding frameworks, channels and authorities; a gender and social inclusion analysis; a general environmental impact analysis and a light touch organisational and project review. We are conducting safeguarding reviews of DFID’s portfolio of programmes which cover a range of beneficiary groups including, children, adults at risk; and vulnerable communities. Using the results from the reviews we are building the safeguarding capacity of DFID and their programme partners.
Contributed detailed country-level information to the comprehensive rights based report measuring the extent to which the South Asian governments and non-state actors have contributed to the creation of child-friendly societies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Undertook a baseline study of the Child Protection Case Management project aimed at ensuring children and families have access to child protection services and initiated by the Myanmar Department of Social Welfare. For the baseline study we used quantitative and qualitative data methods such as township and staff checklists; focus groups; child community mapping; and interviews carried out in Bago, Dala, Loikaw, Pyay and Pha-An. A total of 104 participants were included in the consultations.
Conducted training to strengthen the capacity of independent monitors from Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia by increasing their knowledge, developing their skills, using relevant tools and teaching them how to engage with children in detention.
Facilitated a strategic planning workshop as part of Terre des hommes’ (TDH) wider strategic planning process. This included conducting a situation analysis of TDH work in six countries in the Eastern European region: Albania, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine. In the workshop we assessed other actors working in juvenile justice and addressed the possible opportunities for TDH going forward in Eastern Europe. Finally, we devised a strategic option for juvenile justice in Eastern European region and created an action plan for its implementation.
Co-facilitated ‘Building an economic case for a child-friendly justice’, a side-workshop at the Eurochild Annual Conference “Children First: Better Public Spending for Better Outcomes for children and Families”. The workshop tackled the issue of public spending on justice for children and formulated recommendations for taking the issue forward at a European level.