Children’s best interests must be a primary consideration when they are involved in criminal proceedings. However, children victims and witnesses of abuse are often re-victimized by justice systems that are not adapted to their rights and needs. Poor implementation of the forensic investigation tackles the welfare of a child due to the lack of capacity of legal and justice professionals as well as victims’ support services, regarding the forensic interview.
The aim of the 2-year ENCLAVE project, funded by EC Justice Programme, is to foster impactful changes in criminal proceedings so as to introduce and mainstream an effective and coherent implementation of the protocol for forensic interview for child abuse to prevent repeated victimization, intimidation and retaliation connected with violence. The overall goal of ENCLAVE is to boost the implementation of a more appropriate and victim-sensitive approach within criminal proceedings tailored to the particular needs of children victims and witnesses of abuse.
The ENCLAVE team brings together academia, professionals and experts in fields of criminology and gender based violence from Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Italy and Spain to increase the capacity of legal and justice professionals on the application of the protocol of forensic interview with child victims and witnesses of abuse, and to advocate for compulsory capacity building for corresponding professionals involved in criminal proceedings with regards to child abuse.
The objectives of ENCLAVE are:
Comprehensive transnational comparative report as well as Policy Recommendations will be developed to ensure proper implementation of forensic interview procedures as well as of the Directive 2012/29/EU in the participating countries.
Report about training needs of criminal justice & legal professionals (and forensic interviewers if existing) in the participating countries.
A comprehensive training set of materials on the practical aspects & tips on the application of legal framework concerning the forensic interview procedure for child victims and witnesses of abuse, relevant for the whole EU and in line with Directive 2012/29/EU.
Database of organizations providing counselling support to children victims and witnesses of abuse.
Guidelines on how to support and provide support to children victims and witnesses of abuse and their families during the criminal procedures.