Keeping Youth Away from Crime: Searching for Best European Practices

Project period:
01.07.2013 - 01.06.2015
Project costs:
EUR 433 317.10
With financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union; with financial support from State budget programme 2013, administrated by Society Integration foundation

In order to achieve the objectives, the Project activities are divided into 4 work streams:

1. European field study, researchers from 5 European countries gather the examples of innovative methods, tools and practices in their countries to share the experience among the specialists from Europe; the study includes 2 steps: the analysis of rights and practice in European countries (UK, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) and the result analysis from the pilot projects activities;

2. Implementation of best practices and tools (specialists develop networks during the Project to strengthen the understanding of each good practice, tool or method from the European field study and decide on implementing them in the pilot places);

3. Three pilot projects implement the good practice, tools, methods identified by the researchers for the work with children.

4. Public education campaign (publications of research in English an Project booklet in Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian; presentations of the booklets; final conference on the Project results (Brussels, 100 participants); educational film on the course of the Project activities which will be available for public and educational use thus ensuring the sustainability of Project results).


  • Overall objective: To find, identify and apply the best European practices in work with the children from risk groups thus improving the welfare and social inclusion of the children, reducing risks for crime and rejection, and creating safer environment for a successful child development within Europe.
  • Objectives:
    – To promote intense exchange of information and networking among the specialists of children’s affairs in Europe;
    – To develop a common understanding among the specialists of children’s affairs on the implementation of the rights and values recognised in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU;
    – To find and implement practical, innovative, inclusive approaches in order to prevent children contiguity with crime, including the methods for the work with at-risk children in rural areas;
    – To enhance the understanding of European law enforcement agencies, specialists, mass media, NGOs, social services, educational institutions and other specialists working in the field of children’s affairs on the benefits when using not punitive but inclusive Juvenile Justice approach (the term “Juvenile Justice” is used in a broad sense and is defined, according to the Council of Europe’s Recommendation Rec (2003) 20 concerning new ways of dealing with youth).


Expected results: identified good practices working with children from risk groups and risk situations in 10 European countries; summary and analysis of the practice; training for the specialists of children’s affairs from the Project partner countries; developed network for practitioners and researchers for future cooperation. Main outputs: 3 trainings and 2 workshops for professionals, 2-day Final event (1 day Conference and 1 day Round table) in Brussels. Deliverables: Scientific-practical European field study (245 pages), translation of the study in 3 national languages (50 pages) and a tutorial (educational film) to disseminate project results.

1. (Methodology for research about best youth crime prevention practices pdf)

2. National report on LatviaLithuaniaAustriaBelgiumEstoniaItalyNetherlandsScotland, SwedenEngland and Wales

– Volume 1 – (Findings from a comparative study on youth crime and early prevention strategies pdf)

– Volume 2 – (Compendium of Ten Best European Practices pdf)

3. Summary: (Keeping Youth Away from Crime: searching for best European practices pdf

4. (Inter-institutional instrument for working with and for children pdf)

5. Educational film: 


6. Conference: Making Deprivation of Children’s Liberty a Last Resort”

– Presentations from the conference:

(Good Practices of Early Prevention in Lithuania pdf), Asta Piksriene

(Juvenile crime and early prevention: Promising preventive practice from Estonia pdf), Anna Markina

(Keeping Youth Away from Crime: Searching for Best European Practices pdf), Ilona Kronberga

(Promising Preventive Practices for Youth Criminality in NL pdf), Mathijs Euwema

(Keeping Youth Away from Crime: searching for best European practices pdf), Silvia Randazzo



1. International Observatory of Juvenile Justice (Belgium);

2. International Child Development Initiatives (NL); (information about project activities in Annual report 2013 of ICDI, p.9)

3. University of Edinburgh (incl. Centre for Research on families and un relationshipsandCentre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity) (UK);

4. Children Support Centre (Lithuania);

5. Ministry of Justice (Estonia);

6. State Inspectorate for Protection of Children`s Rights (Latvia)

7. Cēsis Municipality Council (Latvia);

8. Madona Municipality Council (Latvia);

9. Saldus Municipality Council (Latvia)



With financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union 


With financial support from State budget programme 2013, administrated by Society Integration foundation raksts

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