New findings on access to justice for children with mental disabilities

Mental Disability Advocacy Center has recently completed a 2-year project which addresses key national-level barriers that children with mental disabilities face when accessing the justice system

The project was designed to strengthen access to justice and legal remedies for children with intellectual or psycho-disabilities who have been victims of human rights violations.

Within the framework of the project, MDAC's research was conducted on the relevant existing international and European legal standards and the extent of which these are implemented in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The study also addressed key national-level barriers that children with mental disabilities face in these countries in accessing justice systems and participating effectively and safely in proceedings affecting them.

Besides research's findings, MDAC has also published a summary report on the project; guidance and synthesis reports on the collection and dissemination of data on access to justice for children with mental disabilities; and a training guide for practitioners in the administration of justice on the rights of children with mental disabilities.

All can be accessed in this link.