Alternatives to Detention for Young Offenders


Alternatives to Detention for Young Offenders


The 'Alternatives to Detention for Young Offenders' course explores community-based sanctions for children who come into conflict with the law. It examines the international human rights standards for juvenile justice and pays particular attention to the requirement to ensure that detention is a measure of last resort.

Contents: 4 Modules

MODULE I – Introducing Youth Justice

  • Introduction
  • International human rights standards
  • Key concepts and terms

MODULE II – Introduction to Alternatives to Detention

  • Diversion
  • Where do alternative measures exist?
  • Types of alternative measures
  • Learning in the implementation of alternative measures.
  • Measuring effectiveness

MODULE III – Putting Alternatives to Detention into Practice

  • Educational measures
  • Restorative approaches
  • Probation approaches
  • Therapeutic or training based approaches

MODULE IV – Implementing Alternatives to Detention and Advocacy

  • Challenges to implementing alternatives to detention
  • Advocacy

In short

  • 3 months as from1st November 2016.
  • 10 hours/module.
  • Online training with direct following up, and interactive forum.
  • Knowledge evaluation and final dissertation.
  • First edition free of charge.

Aimed at developing skills to:

  • Deepen and enhance the knowledge on the topic “Alternatives to detention targeted to juveniles in conflict with the law”
  • Deepen and enhance the knowledge of related international and European standards
  • Apply international juvenile standards related to the topic to particular cases
  • Write a paper on the specific issue from an international and comparative perspective

About the ISJJ

The International School for Juvenile Justice (ISJJ) is an interdisciplinary training and research centre which belongs to the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

ISJJ purposes are:

  • Reinforcement of the generation and dissemination of knowledge.
  • Development of training actions in the various fields of juvenile justice.

About the IJJO

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) is a Belgian Foundation of Public Interest based in Brussels. Since 2002, the IJJO has worked for the rights of children and adolescents at risk of social exclusion, especially those in conflict with the law or caught in the cycles of violence and juvenile delinquency.

About the authors: Prof Ursula Kilkelly and Ms Louise Forde

Ursula Kilkelly is a professor of law at University College Cork – Ireland. She has been researching children’s rights and youth justice for nearly 20 years. Ms Louise Forde is a graduate of UCC, currently undertaking her PhD at the School of Law, UCC. She is funded by the Irish Research Council to study youth justice under Professor Kilkelly’s supervision.

Funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union