Children at the intersection of disability and juvenile justice

The confluence of disability and juvenile justice has not been effectively investigated so far. Hence, the socio-medical committee of CNAPE, the French federation of associations for children, developed a reflection paper on this theme.

The confluence of disability and juvenile justice has not been effectively investigated so far. Hence, the socio-medical committee of CNAPE, the French federation of associations for children, developed a reflection paper on this theme.

Key statistics:

Following a survey, CNAPE discovered some key statistics:

Out of 500 children and young people (14-20 years in the judicial protection):

43 % have health issues;

60 % consume cannabis;

7 % have a physical or mental disability;

40 % have been subjected to physical violence.

CNAPE in its reflection, recognises the dangers of siloed approaches in child protection systems. It appeals for a multi-dimensional and transversal approach to child well-being wherein the best interest of the child are put front and centre by all actors.

In French: Read the synthesis of the contribution of CNAPE here