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Consultancy to conduct a needs assessment on access to justice for children and youth at risk in Greece

2018-10-24

Consultancy to conduct a needs assessment on access to justice for children and youth at risk in Greece

Location: Greece, with travel to various locations in Greece 

Period of the consultancy: 15 November 2018 – 28 February 2019

Duration of the consultancy: 33 working days

Deadline to apply: 12 November 2019

Terre des hommes (Tdh), the leading Swiss child relief non-profit organization, is active in 35 countries with its programs in mother and child health, migration, juvenile justice, child labour and humanitarian emergencies. Since 1996, Tdh has been working on juvenile justice in numerous countries across the globe. In 2016, Tdh’s juvenile justice activities in twenty countries trained 15,000 professionals in juvenile justice and supported 21,000 children in conflict with the law. The overall goal and strategic vision of Tdh juvenile justice programme is that by 2020, Tdh has contributed significantly and sustainably to improving access to formal and informal justice systems by children in Europe. Tdh plans to contribute to developing and improving justice systems by enhancing the restorative approach and in particular by promoting alternatives to trials, detention and specialized custodial care for children.

In Greece, Tdh has been working through partners since 2006. It has directly provided integrated child protection and youth services (case management, legal assistance, shelter, MHPSS, education and life-skills, etc.) to over 4000 refugees and asylum-seeking children, youth and their caregivers in Thessaloniki and Ioannina since March 2016 including: children in detention and living on the street, victims of torture, victims of human trafficking and other types of exploitation, survivors of gender based violence (GBV) and abuse, etc.

Tdh Greece’s 2019 – 2020 strategy focuses on sustainably improving access to formal and informal justice systems not only by refugee and asylum seeking children and youth (age 0 – 24 years), but also other at risk children and youth in Greece.  Tdh Greece plans to contribute to developing and improving justice systems by enhancing the restorative approach and in particular by promoting alternatives to trials, detention and specialized custodial care for children. In this context, Tdh Greece is interested in identifying the wider issues affecting access to justice for children and youth at risk, in order to identify whether needs exist which can be addressed through Tdh Greece Access to Justice programme. 

The general objective of the consultancy is to answer the following 2 questions:

  1. Is there a continuing need for access to justice interventions in Greece beyond what has been done in recent years essentially providing legal advice to young migrants in detention? In the affirmative, should the focus be on service provision to young migrants or on system building/strengthening to include non-migrants as well?
  2. Which of the four pillars of Tdh Acces to Justice Theory of Change should be prioritised?

The assessment will provide a detailed and comprehensive understanding of access to justice (A2J) for at risk children and youth in Greece, including children and youth affected by migration, in order to direct Tdh Greece strategy and programme development for the period 2019-2020.

The needs assessment will have the following specific objectives:

  1. Mapping of key actors/stakeholders/donors and current models of practices in A2J for children and youth at risk;
  2. Description of current situation and main issues in A2J in Greece;
  3. Assessment of A2J regulatory frameworks, processes and practices, i.e. their adequacy, efficiency and effectiveness in addressing the main issues identified, in line with children’s rights international standards and practices, including:
    • Current reforms, national action plans and strategies on A2J;
    • The capacity of key actors and potential partners;
    • Child-friendliness of current legal systems and synergy with child protection systems;
  4. Identify priorities areas for Tdh intervention in Greece related to A2J for children and youth at risk, including children and youth affected by migration;
  5. Identify opportunities for strengthening A2J for children and youth affected by migration.

For more details please see the attached Terms of Reference