Alternative Tracks – integrated approach to minors’ offenders and their families 2014-2016

HP-MOS and its 5 European partnershare engaged in a European partnership project – “ALTERNATIVE TRACKS – integrated approach to minors’ offenders and their families” (2014- 2016). The project is funded under the Criminal Justice Program call.
The European partners are from: the UK, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal and Romania.

The Project

The motivation for the project is to answer two tangible and emerging needs in EU:
a). the need to categorise and characterise more accurately the needs of minors’ trapped in the juvenile justice system, focusing on their protection regarding their psychosocial and learning needs.
b.) the need to build and provide tangible alternatives to imprisonment, for minor offenders, their victims and family, considering their background, individual and social perspectives.
This project is supported by European Union under the funding from the Criminal Justice Program, Call For Proposals 2013. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of HP-MOS and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union

The Objectives

The operational objective of the project is to map and scope good practices, build up innovative approaches for programmes and services as alternatives to detention and to build a Vademecum comprising:
– socio-educational services designed to promote the overall wellbeing of youth offenders, to foster self-expression, the respect for dignity and autonomy, to promote the reinsertion and social education of minors’ subjected to judicial penalties, reduce the risk of possible aggravations or relapse following the punishment;
– orientation aimed at social inclusion.
– restorative justice regarding responsibility of the offenders and recovery of victims.
– involvement of the families and offenders’ in the programme of re-education, re-habilitation and re-integration supported by a tangible work-based approach.

The Project Activities are:
– Mapping, examination and comparative studies of best practices of youth justice in six countries
-Designing of Vademecum and pilot testing phase based on best practices.