Palestine: EU Police Mission supports training to put children’s best interests at the heart of justice
October 7, 2020
A training which took place in Ramallah on 5-6 October, financed by the European Union Police and Rule of Law Mission (EUPOL COPPS), aimed to mainstream best practices in dealing with children within the Palestinian criminal justice system.
Those working on criminal justice issues, for example police officers, prosecutors and judges need to be aware of the special circumstances that children face, and also the human rights frameworks that govern how they should be treated. The training session that EUPOL COPPS supported took a ‘train the trainers’ approach, meaning that the Palestinian experts not only received training in how to put the best interests of children at the heart of the justice system, but also received instruction on how to train their colleagues working within the criminal justice system.
The training was attended by representatives of the Palestinian High Judicial Council, Attorney General’s Office, Palestinian Civil Police, Ministry of Social Development as well as the Palestinian Judicial Institute. It will be followed by four workshops in the second half of October, also supported by EUPOL COPPS.
EUPOL COPPS is the European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support. The aim of the Mission is to contribute to the establishment of sustainable and effective policing arrangements and to advise Palestinian counterparts on criminal justice and rule of law related aspects under Palestinian ownership.