Defence for Children International (DCI)

The DCI International Secretariat (IS) is the focal point for DCI as an international movement, focusing mainly on lobbying, research, networking and advocacy work, primarily around the issue of juvenile justice. Moreover, the IS offers technical assistance and capacity building to its 40 national sections and associated members across the globe. DCI national sections and associated members develop and implement programmes addressing a number of pressing child rights issues including: Child Labour, Juvenile Justice, Child Soldiers, Sexual Abuse/Exploitation, Violence Against Children, Child Trafficking, Education, Health

Our Mission Defence for Children International is dedicated to ensuring on-going, practical, systematic and concerted international action directed towards promoting and protecting the rights of the child, as articulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), its optional protocols, and all the other human rights instruments.

MONITORING: To monitor and evaluate the practical implementation of children's rights according to universal standards; To monitor and follow-up the work of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

ADVOCACY: To advocate for children's rights so as to ensure that practices and policies concerning children respect the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, its optional protocols, and all other human rights instruments and follow the best interests of the child principle; To develop national and international strategies for interpellation and public denunciation of the infringements on the individual and collective rights of children.

AWARENESS-RAISING: To foster awareness about, and solidarity towards the rights of children, children's rights initiatives, situations and issues throughout the world; To create forms of massive social and educational communication which promote debate and raise awareness among the public regarding the realities of childhood and adolescence, helping to generate public opinion.

ACTION: To seek and implement the most effective means of securing the protection of children's rights in concrete situations, from both a preventive and curative standpoint; To implement projects and actions destined to protect the rights of children directly and effectively, specifically in those problematic areas not safeguarded by other organizations; To carry out follow-up activities to inspect the design and implementation of policies, laws and other provisions related to childhood; To guarantee that in the event that a child's rights are threatened, restricted or violated, the affected child will have easy and immediate access to optimal mechanisms of protection, legal defence and safekeeping.

PARTICIPATION: To promote spaces in which children have the opportunity to act as protagonists in societies and communities, to participate in decision making processes which involve them, as well as to create decent lives for themselves.

DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVE: To approach the rights of children and adolescents from a development perspective, which implies a holistic approach that necessitates different levels of action: political, social, community and family-based and in collaboration with all stakeholders in the development of the child; To provide an institutional point of reference for local, national and international efforts oriented toward promoting, protecting, defending and developing the rights of all children, by influencing national and international legislation.

  • Civil Society
  • DDR
  • Defence Institutions
  • Human Rights
  • Judicial and Legal Reform
  • Law Enforcement Institutions

Human Rights

The rights of children and young people are especially precarious during and after conflict situations. Many of DCIs strongest national sections (for example Palestine and Sierra Leone) work in conflict and post-conflict contexts.
  • Capacity and development training
  • Policy advice
  • Research and policy development
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
Training of law enforcement officials, police, judges etc. and other professionals on the rights of children in juvenile justice / All sections.
Lobby and advocacy on the rights of young people in conflict with the law / All sections.
Annual reports on the situation of juvenile justice worldwide. / Albania, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, Italy, The Netherlands, Niger, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.
Training and assistance to national sections so that they may train local authorities on the rights of young people in the justice system. / All sections - especially Albania, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Sri Lanka.

Judicial and Legal Reform

DCI brings a child rights perspective to all legal and judicial reforming, advocating and offering training to professionals to ensure that legislation is in line with international standards for children’s rights in juvenile justice.
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity and development training
  • Policy advice
  • Technical assistance

Law Enforcement Institutions

DCI is a child rights NGO with specific expertise in juvenile justice, an area which is often lacking and wherein law enforcement professionals are often in need of enhanced support and training. DCI is in a position to offer this in a number of countries.
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity and development training
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
Description: Providing training to police officers, lawyers and judges on children’s rights in juvenile justice.
Providing technical advice and assistance to law enforcement officials for the maintenance of fair justice systems for children.
  • Africa
    • Central Africa
      • Angola
      • Cameroon
      • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Eastern Africa
      • Mauritius
      • Uganda
    • Northern Africa
    • Southern Africa
    • Western Africa
      • Benin
      • Gambia
      • Ghana
      • Senegal
      • Togo
      • Nigeria
      • Liberia
      • Mauritania
      • Niger
      • Sierra Leone
  • Asia
    • South Asia
      • Pakistan
      • Sri Lanka
    • Western Asia
      • Lebanon
      • Israel
      • Palestine
  • Americas
    • Central America
      • Costa Rica
    • North America
      • Mexico
      • United States of America
      • Canada
    • South America
      • Argentina
      • Brazil
      • Chile
      • Paraguay
      • Uruguay
      • Bolivia
      • Colombia
      • Ecuador
  • Oceania
  • Europe
    • Eastern Europe
      • Czech Republic
      • Slovakia
    • Western Europe
      • France
      • Switzerland
      • Belgium
      • Netherlands
    • Southern Europe
      • Albania
      • Italy
      • (The former Yugoslav) Republic of Macedonia
Defence for Children International (DCI)
Rue de Varembé 1 P.O. Box 88
Geneva CH-1211
Non-governmental organisation
Rue de Varembé 1 P.O. Box 88
Geneva CH-1211
Headquarters

Our main tasks are: advocacy, lobby, research, and offering capacity building and technical assistance to national sections. Our priority area of focus for this work is juvenile justice.

Julia DAloisio
Communications and Advocacy Officer
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Network

Coalition to stop the use of child soldiers

Type: 
Formal
Type: 
NGO
Main purpose: 
Other
Other: 
Advocacy
Description: 

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

Security and Public order
Justice and Reconciliation

NGO Group for the CRC

Type: 
Formal
Type: 
NGO
Main purpose: 
Other
Other: 
Advocacy
Geographical scope: 
Geneva
Description: 

The NGO Group has a number of thematic working groups on different issues including: violence against children, juvenile justice, the Human Rights Council, the establishment of a complaints procedure, children without alternative care.

DCI participates in a number of these groups and often undertakes joint initatives.

www.childrightsnet.org

Governance and participation

Save the ChildrenOMCTPlan InternationalCRINHuman Rights Watch

Type: 
Formal
Type: 
NGO
Main purpose: 
Policy
Geographical scope: 
Other
Other: 
Global (based in New York)
Description: 

NGO Advisory Panel for the Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children

Group of NGOs mandated to monitor follow-up to the recommendations of the UN Study. Composed of international and national NGOs. For more information contact: www.violencestudy.org

Security and public order
Governance and participation

Partnership

UNICEFUNODCOHCHRDPKOUNICRUNDPUNICRCommittee on the Rights of the ChildTerre des HommesOMCTSave the ChildrenPenal Reform InternationalInternational Juvenile Justice ObservatoryInt Assoc of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates

Type: 
Formal
Location: 
International Partnership
Main purpose: 
Policy
Description: 

Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice
(14 members, including DCI, are listed above)

Security and Public Order
Justice and Reconciliation

Partner organisations: 
United Nations
NGO
Academic