On 16 January 2017, the PDJS has started implementation of the project „Alternative Ways to Address Youth (AWAY)”, co-funded by the European Union REC Program under project number JUST/2015/RCHJ/AG/PROF/9589. The project has received funding of an amount of 341 455.49 Euro and its closing date is 31 December 2018.

AWAY project aims to raise awareness on diversion, a restorative method in juvenile justice so that children in conflict with the law to benefit from improved access to diversion through multi-disciplinary evidence-based child-friendly practices.
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The project is launched by the Regional Office for Central and South Eastern Europe of Terre des hommes and implemented by juvenile justice organisations throughout Europe. It is supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union and is currently implemented in 5 countries:

1. Bulgaria, under the coordination of Program for the Development of the Judicial System (PDJS).
2. Croatia, under the coordination of Brave Phone Croatia.
3. Romania, under the coordination of Terre des hommes Helvetia in Romania.
4. Belgium, under the coordination of Defence for Children International (DCI).
5. Hungar, under the coordination of Terre des hommes Regional Office for C/SEE (project lead).

The project aims at ensuring that multidisclinary professionals are more aware and better equipped on diversion for arrested / suspected children who benefit from the procedural guarantees they are entitled to as per EU directives 2016/800, 2012/13, 2012/29.

To reach this objective each team will:

 • Build regional empirical evidence base on diversion in the juvenile justice systems to identify the challenges and obstacles for the use of diversion, and map existing alternative services for children in rural areas.;
 • Develop and deliver self-directed e-learning course for multidisciplinary professionals – including organizing two face-to-face and group mentoring sessions with multidisciplinary professionals in three locations of each country, and online forum discussions.;
 • Develop child-friendly and popularized informational materials for children and adults in the target countries;
 • Inform both local and regional related policies and plans of action.

All partners will work with children at risk or in conflict with the law as members of child advisory boards to ensure that their experiences, views, opinions are reflected and considered throughout all project activities.

Project materials here