In Central and South East Europe

AWAY: Alternative Ways to Address Youth


- Build regional empirical evidence base on diversion in he juvenile justice systems
- Building on research, develop and deliver self-directed e-learning course as well as one-to-one and group mentoring with multidisciplinary professionals around child-friendly practices in the area of diversion
-Utilise the research findings and recommendations generated by the trainings to develop child-friendly and popularized informational materials for children and adults in the target countries
-Inform both local and regional related policies and plans of action.

- Research in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Romania to identify the challenges and obstacles for the use of diversion, and map existing alternative services for children in rural areas. Identifying and mapping good practices and experiences in Belgium
-Working with children at risk or in conflict with the law in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Romania as members of child advisory boards to ensure that their experiences, views, opinions are reflected and considered throughout all project activities.
- Development and implementation of an interactive online learning course for multidisciplinary professionals – including two face-to-face sessions with professionals in three locations of each country, one-on-one and group mentoring sessions, and online forum discussions.
- Creation and launching of a public campaign in each country influencing public perceptions about juvenile offenders and promoting alternative sentencing as beneficial for the development of children and their better integration in society as productive members. Specific advocacy events targeting EU Member States and the Council of Europe. Publishing stories and articles in popular media outlets on diversion about the positive impact of diversion and alternative measures on children.

Type and number of persons benefiting from the project
240 Juvenile justice professionals in four target countries
30 Children who are at risk or arewere in conflict with the juvenile justice system

Expected results
An empirical evidence base on diversion informs the juvenile justice system in the region
-Multidiciplinary professionals are more aware and better equipped to use diversion mechanisms
-Improved public awareness on the benefits of diversion for children

Type and number of outputs to be produced
-5 national research reports and one synthetis report on the hindering factors of the better and more frequent use
of diversion and child-friendly justice practices, as well as a good practice collection
- specialized online platform on juvenile justice
-Children’s corner on ChildHub that reflects the inputs, opinions and views of children and for children



The project is being co-funded by the European Union.